Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is hoping that if you snooze, you lose — City Hall, that is.
The mayoral hopeful tried to give Hizzoner a Red Bull energy drink so he could stay up through the work day — which de Blasio ignored, flashing a thumbs up as he descended into the City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge subway stop.
“I guess I was a little disappointed, because it shows that not only is he lazy and incompetent but he’s rude, too,” Malliotakis, a Staten Island Republican, said. “He wouldn’t even take the Red Bull that I offered him. I’m just trying to help him out so he could stay awake during the day.”
The mayor’s office has denied reports of frequent City Hall catnaps, with spokesman Eric Phillips insisting “of course not” when asked if de Blasio regularly catches up on sleep at work.
But two sources told the Daily News they had seen de Blasio nap — one former City Hall staffer said he’d seen it on the campaign trail and during de Blasio’s mayoral tenure at City Hall. Another source recalled de Blasio catching Zs in the car between events, though the source didn’t find it particularly unusual.
Malliotakis had brought the energy drink to an unrelated press conference near the subway stop, and lucked into a photo-op when de Blasio walked by to catch the train.
The offer apparently didn’t give de Blasio wings — he didn’t say a word in response to Malliotakis’ shouted offering.
“I’m sure he was thinking of something,” she said.