Mayor de Blasio is hitting the road again this weekend for a five-day trek that includes stops in Texas, Washington, DC, and Baltimore to promote his progressive agenda, his aides confirmed Thursday.
De Blasio’s three-stop tour will include attending the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where he’ll meet with the US Conference of Mayors, host a panel discussion and participate in other events. He is set to arrive there Saturday after spending Friday in Baltimore addressing the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center Strategy Summit.
“The mayor is working hard to organize mayors and progressive leaders against Trump administration efforts to decrease health-care access, divest from public housing, and make our tax policy even less fair for working people,” said spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein.
After leaving Austin, de Blasio is slated to head back north to DC to attend the League of Cities spring conference. The trip ends Tuesday.
De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, will not accompany him despite taking on a higher-profile public role in recent months, Goldstein said.
However, the trip is expected to cost taxpayers about $8,000 to cover travel expenses for the mayor and staff members, according to Politico, which first reported on de Blasio’s latest out-of-town politicking tour.
Since being re-elected in November, de Blasio has made it no secret that he plans to spend more time traveling around the country during his second term to push progressive politics.