City Councilman Eric Ulrich will not run for mayor, he announced Monday.
The Queens Republican has been considering a run against Mayor de Blasio, but said he has decided not to throw his hat in the ring.
“I’m not going to be a candidate for mayor this year,” he said on NY1’s “Road to City Hall.” “It’s something that I considered for quite some time now, mulling it over these past few months with my family and my friends and my supporters. And I’ve decided that this would not be the right move for me to make.”
Ulrich said he would instead run for re-election to his Queens City Council seat.
“I believe the people of NYC deserve better than Bill de Blasio but I will not be a candidate for Mayor this year,” Ulrich added on Twitter.
The Queens pol, who has been filming for a possible reality show and raised $57,000 for a run for an undeclared office, opted out hours after tweeting “#DumpdeBlasio” – this time going after the mayor for his allegiance to the Boston Red Sox, who he flew to Fort Meyers this weekend to watch in spring training.
“The Mayor is a Boston Red Sox Fan! He doesn’t root for the home team(s) .. Need I say more?” Ulrich said.
His decision not to run leaves Paul Massey, a former real estate executive, as the most prominent contender in the GOP field. Massey raised more than $850,000 in a two-month period earlier this year, far outstripping de Blasio’s haul — but spent even more than he raised.