Mayor Bill de Blasio’s midday nap habit came under fire Tuesday by political opponents gunning for his job — one of whom offered him a can of Red Bull outside City Hall.
Hours after The Post exclusively revealed Hizzoner’s penchant for crashing out on his office couch, Republican Nicole Malliotakis was about to hold a campaign news conference when she spotted de Blasio headed to a nearby subway entrance.
The Staten Island assemblywoman approached the mayor and held out the caffeinated energy drink.
De Blasio, who was surrounded by bodyguards, didn’t reach for the eye-opener and instead just smiled and gave her a thumbs-up.
“I said, ‘Mayor, I got you a Red Bull to keep you up during the work day,’” Malliotakis said afterward.
De Blasio held his tongue, she said, adding: “I’m sure he was thinking of something.”
Malliotakis said she was “a little disappointed” that the Democratic incumbent rejected her offer of a pick-me-up “because it shows that not only is he lazy and incompetent, but he’s rude, too.
“I’m just trying to help him out so he can stay awake during the day — and doesn’t even need those frequent naps,” she said.
On his way out of City Hall en route to the subway, de Blasio refused to respond when The Post asked him if he’d ever taken a nap on the job. His press secretary had earlier denied that de Blasio “regularly” snoozed inside City Hall.
Prior to their sidewalk confrontation, Malliotakis ripped the mayor as a unproductive loafer.
“No wonder we’re not getting results,” she said,
“It shows you a real disconnect with the hardworking New Yorker who gets up early and works hard every day to pay taxes so he can misspend their money.”
Democratic challenger Sal Albanese said the Post expose confirmed his belief that the mayor was “lazy.”
“It’s impossible to do the job as mayor of New York City and have that work schedule,” Albanese said.
“That’s why things fall between the cracks.”
Albanese, former city councilman from Brooklyn, also said it was “clear that he does it on a regular basis because you wouldn’t have people leaking if he didn’t take these naps. If he took these naps once in a blue moon, no one would leak that.”
Former de Blasio staffers have told The Post that the mayor’s exercise routine at the Park Slope YMCA often leaves him too tired to stay awake during the day, so he takes naps while everyone around him is busy at work.
Albanese, who served in city government under mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins and and Rudy Giuliani, said those three all set the tone for their staffers by arriving at City Hall as early as 7:30 or 8 a.m.
“This guy has not changed his routine from when he was public advocate, a job you can disappear from and no one would miss you,” Albanese said.
Another Democratic contender, Robert Gangi, said of de Blasio, “A hard worker, he is not.” “The real liability of his napping on the job is maybe that’s when he dreams up these cockamamie ideas like a millionaires tax that’s dead on arrival in Albany,” Gangi said.