Maya Wiley Racks Up More Progressive Endorsements, But Left Remains Divided


Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley picked up the endorsements of three left-leaning state lawmakers on Friday, in addition to the complete assist of the Working Households Get together, which beforehand endorsed three candidates.

However with a number of different key progressives within the state legislature sitting on the sidelines, and simply eight days earlier than the beginning of early voting, it’s unclear if the New York Metropolis’s progressive left can unite behind any single candidate within the heated race for mayor.

At a bar in East Williamsburg Friday afternoon, State Senator Julia Salazar and State Assemblymember Maritza Davila, who had beforehand endorsed Scott Stringer, and State Assemblymember Emily Gallagher formally introduced their assist for Wiley.

“We’re feeling the coalescence,” Wiley mentioned, hinting that progressive New Yorkers may now think about rating her on the high of their checklist, with Stringer’s marketing campaign marred by now two allegations of sexual harassment, and Morales’s marketing campaign close to the brink of implosion resulting from inside battle together with her employees.

“It’s clear, and I say this with a humble honor, that I’m the progressive that’s gonna win this race,” Wiley declared.

Afterward Friday afternoon the Working Households Get together mentioned they’d suspended their assist for Morales, citing the continued turmoil swirling round her marketing campaign. In April, the WFP endorsed three candidates: Stringer, Morales and Wiley. By Friday, they had been all the way down to only one.

“As Eric Adams and Andrew Yang proceed to push harmful pro-corporate, pro-carceral agendas, it’s extra essential than ever that we consolidate progressive power to make sure a working individuals’s champion wins this yr,” mentioned Sochie Nnaemeka, the pinnacle of the state’s Working Households Get together. “Maya Wiley has the momentum, platform and rising various coalition to win this race.”

Absent from Wiley’s Friday presser was State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Jessica Ramos and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, who’d joined Salazar in endorsing Scott Stringer early on in his marketing campaign. The 5 lawmakers all withdrew their assist within the days after New York Metropolis lobbyist Jean Kim got here ahead saying Stringer had sexually harassed and assaulted her throughout his 2001 public advocate marketing campaign.

Whereas Senator Ramos had beforehand advised Gothamist/WNYC concerning the urgency for left-leaning New Yorkers to unite behind one progressive candidate, she declined to remark additional when contacted Friday. Niou and Biaggi didn’t return requests for remark both.

“Maya to me has been essentially the most constant candidate. She has been the candidate who has maintained integrity all through her total marketing campaign,” mentioned Salazar, explaining why had determined to again Wiley in any case. “That grew to become evident and clearer to me the nearer that we have now gotten to election day.”

Centrist candidates Andrew Yang and Eric Adams have surged forward of the pack within the crowded race for New York Metropolis mayor. Extra lately Kathryn Garcia, additionally a average, seems to have gained some momentum, following her high-profile endorsement from the New York Instances.

However with simply over per week left earlier than the beginning of early voting, some progressive teams have deserted the concept of getting behind one single candidate altogether, as a substitute focusing their messaging round who their supporters shouldn’t rank in any respect; specifically Andrew Yang and Eric Adams. Progressives cite each Yang and Adams’ positions on constitution faculties, felony justice points amongst others, in addition to hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in funding from Tremendous PACs tied to right-wing billionaires.

“Let Maya or Scott or Dianne make the case for themselves as to why they need to earn individuals’s votes,” mentioned Gabe Tobias with the left-leaning political motion committee Our Metropolis. The group’s supporters lately heckled Yang away from a deliberate cease outdoors the Park Slope YMCA Thursday afternoon. “We’ll simply be right here to say, ‘Hey if you happen to’re a progressive, you share our imaginative and prescient for town, these are individuals, even when they’re saying the phrases, that these individuals shouldn’t be trusted with that type of imaginative and prescient.”

The PAC is launching a bigger push to encourage individuals to not rank both of the 2 perceived frontrunners within the race within the coming days.

“There’s individuals nonetheless making up their minds,” Tobias mentioned, including “and possibly will likely be till the final minute.”