New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Maya Wiley for mayor of New York, hampering the chances of GOP-backed Andrew Yang and spreading her wings as a potential kingmaker in politics New Yorker.
Ocasio-Cortez provided support 60 candidates for the City Council Saturday during an event in the park of the town hall.
“We cannot afford a future where New York City becomes a playground for the rich,” Ocasio-Cortez said upon approval, local NBC news outlet first reported. “That’s why I think it’s so important that we as a movement come together to make sure we send a progressive candidate to Gracie Mansion this month.
“I put Maya # 1,” she added. “This is Maya Wiley. She will be a progressive in Gracie Mansion.”
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Fox News could not immediately reach Wiley, but reporters at the event said, Ocasio-Cortez was seen speaking with the civil rights lawyer before his approval.
Ocasio-Cortez’s support is just the latest that Wiley – a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio – has received from big names in the Democratic Party.
Former presidential candidate Julián Castro also lent his support to Wiley in a tweet on Saturday morning.
“Maya Wiley has the experience and the vision to successfully tackle New York’s biggest challenges,” Castro wrote. “I am proud to join a rapidly growing roster of local leaders and progressive champions who support Maya. She will be a great mayor to all New Yorkers.”
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The explosion in support from progressive players could cause problems for Yang, another former presidential hopeful who threw his hat off in New York’s mayoral race in January.
Yang recently caught the attention of GOP big spenders in hopes of stopping a progressive from taking the seat of mayor of the Big Apple.
Hedge fund billionaire Jeff Yass, who backed the Republican campaigns of Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, donated $ 500,000 to the Comeback PAC to support Yang, Politico first reported last month.
Yang reportedly appealed to Yass because of his support for charter schools and his criticism of teacher unions throughout the pandemic.
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This divergent view of Democratic talking points earned Yang more money from another GOP supporter, billionaire Kenneth Griffin.
Early voting for the New York mayoral race begins next week, with the primary election set for June 22.
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