Former de Blasio lawyer Maya Wiley launches mayoral bid
Former de Blasio authorized counsel Maya Wiley hit her ex-boss for his management failures in a brand new video Wednesday night time asserting her 2021 mayoral bid.
The 56-year-old civil rights legal professional and former MSNBC commentator — who has by no means held elected workplace — touts her outsider standing within the three-minute spot.
“I’m not a standard candidate, however altering it up isn’t the chance,” she says from a sidewalk in her leafy Prospect Park South neighborhood in Brooklyn.
“Electing the identical sorts of individuals, bringing the identical outdated damaged guarantees time and again and anticipating issues will probably be completely different, that’s the chance we cant afford proper now,” she says, with a refined knock to 2 of the race’s main candidates — metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“Not with 24,000 of our neighbors, family and friends members shedding their lives to this pandemic and a historic financial disaster that’s inflicting our small companies, the spine of our economic system, to shutter. Not with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers questioning how they may afford to feed their youngsters and pay their hire.
“And never with a disaster of confidence in our metropolis’s management,” she says, in a swipe at her former boss who’s confronted criticism from throughout the political aisle for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.
However Wiley additionally echoes de Blasio’s “Story of Two Cities” mayoral marketing campaign mantra by saying she needs to construct a “stronger, fairer and extra simply metropolis.”
And she or he’ll should work laborious to distance herself from Hizzoner after serving as de Blasio’s prime lawyer for almost three years firstly of his first time.
Throughout that point she defended the mayor in a fundraising scandal and supported maintaining communications with impartial aides, often called “brokers of the town,” personal. De Blasio was later pressured handy over the emails following a lawsuit by The Submit and NY1.
Wiley plans to make her mayoral run official Thursday at a public plaza in entrance of the Brooklyn Museum alongside Democratic State Sen. Mike Gianaris, members of the family and different supporters.
Past Stringer and Adams, Wiley enters a crowded discipline of Democratic contenders. Declared or potential candidates embrace former de Blasio Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, the administration’s ex-Veterans Companies Commissioner Ret. Brigadier Normal Loree Sutton, ex-Obama cupboard member Shaun Donovan, and nonprofit chief Dianne Morales.
Republicans who’ve launched campaigns or are exploring bids embrace Guardian Angels Founder Curtis Sliwa, grocery mogul John Catsimatidis, and Andrew Giuliani, son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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