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Ocasio-Cortez endorses progressive Maya Wiley for New York City mayor

Published 06/05/2021, 04:08 PM
Updated 06/05/2021, 05:15 PM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Maya Wiley, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, campaigns in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(In third paragraph, corrects number of Democratic mayoral candidates)

(Reuters) -Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday endorsed Maya Wiley for New York City mayor, boosting Wiley's chances to establish herself as the leading progressive in the crowded race.

Speaking at an event outside City Hall in Manhattan, progressive firebrand Ocasio-Cortez called on voters to "come together as a movement" to avoid the city's being run "for billionaires and special interests."

More than a dozen Democratic candidates are vying to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio at the helm of the most populous U.S. city. The packed race has so far been dominated by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who was the main target of criticism at a televised debate earlier this week.

Wiley, a civil rights attorney and former MSNBC analyst, is hoping her proposal on job creation, focus on New Yorkers in need and plan to transform policing will resonate with voters in the June 22 primary election.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Maya Wiley, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, campaigns in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, another leading contender and a moderate Democrat, slammed Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Wiley.

"They are putting slogans and politics in front of public safety and would endanger the lives of New Yorkers," Adams, a former police officer, said in a statement.

Latest comments

Aoc is a fraud . Wiley was a hillary supporter in 2016. The only candidate who supported bernie was yang
How about electing someone that is not a freaking Democrat! All they have done is destroy every city they run.
is that why people keep wanting to move into the cities and no one wants to stay in the rural areas?
oh my, billionaires are the devil! Who wants to be a billionaire? Me me! I'll bet AOC wouldn't turn it down. Phony.
As if Bill deBlasio has not done enough damage to NYC already! We don’t need another progressive rubbish as Mayor of NYC. Whoever AOC endorses, stay away!
oh my, billionaires are the devil! Who wants to be a billionaire? Me me! I'll bet AOC wouldn't turn it down. Phony.
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the further descent into the abyss... bye bye NY
I don't see too many new yorkers moving to red state paradises like West Virigina or Mississippi
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