Andrew Yang made a giant splash final week as he entered the mayor’s race, including a jolt of vitality to a marketing campaign season that has been comparatively staid and well mannered till now.
Other campaigns pounced on Mr. Yang, questioning his authenticity as a New Yorker and his dedication to the metropolis. While their digs highlighted a few of his weaknesses, additionally they illustrated how the candidates view Mr. Yang as a menace.
The campaigns additionally launched their fund-raising figures final week, displaying which candidates are in the strongest monetary place, whereas a former Wall Street govt recognized for a #MeToo grievance entered the lesser-known Republican area.
Here are some key developments in the race:
The knives are out for Yang
Even earlier than Mr. Yang entered the race, he had already confronted social media ridicule for a comment he made to The New York Times explaining his determination to depart New York City for his weekend residence in the Hudson Valley early in the pandemic.
That was earlier than the bodega incident.
A day after Mr. Yang held an in-person marketing campaign launch in Morningside Heights, he posted a video on Twitter about his love for bodegas — a secure stance that few would problem. But Mr. Yang recorded the video in a spacious, glistening retailer that few New Yorkers would think about a bodega.
The video introduced Mr. Yang extra ridicule — and three.7 million views by Sunday afternoon.
Rival campaigns took different swipes at him. After Mr. Yang completed a strolling tour of the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, the marketing campaign of Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, stated: “Eric doesn’t need a tour of Brownsville. He was born there.”
The marketing campaign supervisor for Maya Wiley, a former counsel for Mayor Bill de Blasio, knocked Mr. Yang’s swerve from the presidential marketing campaign path to the New York mayor’s race: “Maya is running — not as a backup plan — but because she’s dedicated her entire life to improving, empowering and lifting up New Yorkers.”
Mr. Stringer’s marketing campaign spokesman, Tyrone Stevens, additionally took a dig: “We welcome Andrew Yang to the mayor’s race — and to New York City.”
Could Yang’s entry be divinely impressed?
The selection of music to accompany a candidate’s official launch or acceptance speech is often a calculated determination. “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac was Bill Clinton’s marketing campaign theme track in 1992; Lorde’s “Royals” prefaced Mr. de Blasio’s victory speech in 2013.
Mr. Yang arrived at his launch occasion in Morningside Park in Manhattan (*5*) by Drake, which options the lyrics: “They wishin’ on me/Bad things.”
Indeed, Mr. Yang confronted a barrage of questions from journalists over why he left the metropolis throughout the pandemic and why he had not voted in local elections. One key query is whether or not Mr. Yang views the job as a steppingstone to run for nationwide workplace once more — like Mr. de Blasio who obtained criticism for his lackluster bid for president in 2019 and a number of other journeys to Iowa.
Asked by The New York Times if he would decide to not operating for president whereas serving as mayor, Mr. Yang declined to take action. But he stated being mayor of New York can be the job of a lifetime.
“New Yorkers have nothing to worry about,” he stated.
Mr. Yang made a suggestion: The metropolis ought to take management of the subway away from the state. There’s just one impediment: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has seized close to complete management of the transit company and isn’t recognized for ceding energy.
“Who knows? Maybe he’ll be happy to have the city take it off his hands,” Mr. Yang informed reporters gathered on a subway platform, who laughed incredulously at the thought.
He spent his first day on the marketing campaign path crossing 4 of the metropolis’s 5 boroughs (sorry, Staten Island). On NY1’s “Inside City Hall” that night, Mr. Yang disillusioned some by saying the metropolis may not be capable to shut the jail at Rikers Island by the yr 2027.
“Rikers Island should be closed, but we need to be flexible on the timeline,” he stated.
A rising star’s endorsement stirs resentment
Mr. Yang touted a key endorsement as he hit the path: Representative Ritchie Torres of the Bronx, a rising star in the Democratic Party who helped to counter criticism that Mr. Yang was out of contact with the metropolis.
Mr. Torres and Mondaire Jones are the first brazenly homosexual Black males to serve in Congress, and Mr. Torres was being courted by a number of campaigns. He had met or had conversations with Ms. Wiley, Mr. Adams, Mr. Stringer, Raymond J. McGuire and Shaun Donovan, a former housing secretary below President Barack Obama.
Mr. Torres stated he gave the shedding campaigns a heads-up about his determination even whereas he was engrossed with the vote to question President Trump.
“No mayoral candidate endorsed me in my race,” Mr. Torres stated. “I did not owe anyone anything.”
Mr. Torres stated Mr. Yang’s endorsement of a common primary earnings can be a victory for the South Bronx district he represents, one in all the poorest in the nation. He stated that he additionally likes the incontrovertible fact that Mr. Yang shouldn’t be part of the metropolis’s political institution.
The endorsement permits Mr. Torres to align himself with a fellow average progressive. If Mr. Yang wins, it will enhance Mr. Torres’s standing whereas giving him a robust ally in City Hall.
Asked about the response to his determination, Mr. Torres stated: “Eric Adams was gracious, most were disappointed and one campaign in particular was hostile.”
Several individuals who had been accustomed to the discussions stated that the McGuire marketing campaign was the one which responded with hostility. Mr. Torres met with Mr. McGuire, a former Wall Street govt, at an occasion in the Hamptons over the summer time, and his marketing campaign believed it had the inside observe.
Mr. McGuire’s marketing campaign denied being upset about the snub.
“Ray is not a politician and doesn’t hold grudges,” his spokeswoman, Lupé Todd-Medina, stated. “He looks forward to working with the congressman when he is mayor.”
Kathryn Garcia has followers however is brief on funds
Many officers who’ve labored in and round metropolis authorities assume extremely of Kathryn Garcia, the metropolis’s former sanitation commissioner, who’s operating as a confirmed supervisor able to main the metropolis’s restoration from the pandemic. But she is falling behind in the cash race.
Ms. Garcia has raised about $300,000 and didn’t qualify for public matching funds.
Still, the current filings revealed that Ms. Garcia obtained marketing campaign donations from a variety of high-powered New Yorkers, together with Joseph J. Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who ran as Republican in opposition to Mr. de Blasio in 2013; Polly Trottenberg, the metropolis’s former transportation commissioner; and Kathryn Wylde, the chief of a outstanding enterprise group. Ms. Wylde additionally donated to Mr. McGuire, who’s a favourite amongst Wall Street donors.
Monika Hansen, Ms. Garcia’s marketing campaign supervisor, stated that many metropolis workers again her bid.
“Kathryn has the support of the doers in New York City government at every rank,” she stated.
A lesser-known candidate, Zachary Iscol, a nonprofit chief and former Marine, has raised practically $750,000 and stated he expects to qualify for matching funds quickly.
Another candidate who labored in Mr. de Blasio’s administration is struggling: Loree Sutton, a former veteran affairs commissioner who has $398 available and $6,000 in excellent liabilities. She stated her marketing campaign has skilled some bumps however that she is reorganizing and “is in this race and in it to win it.”
A former Wall Street govt joins as a Republican
The Democratic major in June is anticipated to resolve the mayor’s race, with registered Democrats far outnumbering Republicans in New York City. But there may be additionally a Republican major in June, and a brand new candidate entered the race final week: Sara Tirschwell, a former Wall Street govt who as soon as filed a #MeToo grievance in opposition to her boss.
In an interview, Ms. Tirschwell touted her expertise as a single mother and a average Republican with liberal social views. She highlighted her “managerial competence” as a uncommon girl who rose to excessive positions at monetary corporations.
“I think there is a need for a moderate in this race, and it’s not clear that a moderate is going to survive a Democratic primary in New York City,” she stated.
Ms. Tirschwell, who grew up in Texas, echoed the complaints of many Republicans — and a few Democrats — that “Bill de Blasio is probably the worst mayor in our lifetime.” But she didn’t need to focus on the current violence in Washington or Mr. Trump’s impeachment.
“This race is about New York, and it’s about New Yorkers and the crisis that this city faces, and that is what my campaign is focused on,” she stated.
Other names which were floated in the Republican major: John Catsimatidis, the billionaire proprietor of the Gristedes grocery retailer chain; Fernando Mateo, an advocate for livery cabdrivers who was linked to a scandal over Mr. de Blasio’s fund-raising; and Curtis Sliwa, the founding father of the Guardian Angels.