City Council candidate Ronnie Cho is hoping to hit out of the park Tuesday — with a little help from retired Yankees great Derek Jeter.
The beloved shortstop issued an unusual endorsement for Cho, a former staffer to President Obama, in the crowded race for a vacant Lower East Side Council seat Monday morning — lending a bit of sports star power to a local municipal primary election.
In a statement, Jeter said he’d met Cho through his Turn 2 Foundation.
"It's important for our youth to have role models who encourage them to make positive impacts on their communities and take actionable steps to effect social change,” Jeter said. “Ronnie has dedicated himself to exactly that, throughout his public and private sector career.”
Jeter went on to say Cho, who after his service in the Obama administration went on to work for MTV, is “making a real difference” and wants to reach “an even broader base.”
“That is why I'm proud to support him on his run for New York City Council, District 2 and I urge you to support him too on September 12th,” Jeter said.
It’s not the first time Cho — who is one of several candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, who is term-limited out — has gotten support from a boldfaced name.
The candidate, who grew up in Arizona and had weighed runs for office there, has benefited from out-of-town fundraisers in Washington and D.C. held by other Obama alumni, including David Axelrod and Kal Penn, who starred in the “Harold and Kumar” movies.
Among his competition for the seat is Carlina Rivera, who locked up endorsements from Mendez and a slew of other local elected officials.
Jeter is among the city’s most beloved sports figures, and saw his No. 2 Yankees jersey retired in the spring.