NEW YORK — The New York Working Families Party is bumping Maya Wiley up to No. 1 on its ballot, NY1 learned exclusively on Friday.
What You Need To Know
- Maya Wiley was initially party’s third choice, with Scott Stringer as its first choice
- Party leaders say they’re intent on keeping moderate frontrunners out of office
- Also Friday, Wiley earned nods from left-wing state lawmakers, including former Stringer supporters
The left-wing third party now wants like-minded New Yorkers to rank Wiley first in the primary for mayor, a decision that comes as the candidate announced new endorsements from progressive state legislators in Brooklyn.
“We are feeling the coalescence, but more importantly, it is clear — and I say this with a humble honor — that I’m the progressive who’s going to win this race,” Wiley said at the event. The consolidation of support comes as concern has grown among progressive groups about the centrist contenders who are the frontrunners in the Democratic primary, most prominently Eric Adams and Andrew Yang.
“Maya Wiley is uplifting the urgent matters facing our communities — from the need for truly affordable housing to divesting from the NYPD and investing in the care economy,” New York Working Families Parry State Director Sochie Nnaemeka told NY1 in a statement. “As Eric Adams and Andrew Yang continue to push dangerous pro-corporate, pro-carceral agendas, it’s more important than ever that we consolidate progressive strength to ensure a working people’s champion wins this year.”
The party says it’ll be out campaigning in the coming weeks for Wiley, a former MSNBC legal analyst and legal counsel to Mayor Bil de Blasio. She had initially been the group’s third choice, following Scott Stringer as No. 1 and Dianne Morales as No. 2.
The WFP then dropped its support for Stringer after he was accused of sexually harassing a campaign volunteer 20 years ago.
It later said it was co-endorsing Morales and Wiley, giving them equal weight. However, weeks later, personnel strife consumed Morales’s campaign. On Friday, WFP members said Wiley is now their first choice and they’re suspending their support of Morales while she’s at an impasse with her campaign workers.
In Bushwick on Friday, Wiley accepted the support of a slate of progressive elected officials who represent North Brooklyn.
They included State Sen. Julia Salazar, Assembly members Maritza Davila and Emily Gallagher and District Leader Samy Nemir-Olivares. Salazar and Davila had previously endorsed Stringer. Gallagher had voiced a desire to stay neutral on the race. But the group said it was spurred to stake out a new position by Wiley policies to help racial minorities, immigrants and the indigent.
The endorsements of some higher-profile progressive elected officials, including U.S. House Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman and the city’s public advocate Jumaane Williams, still elude Wiley.
“I certainly won’t speak for anyone else,” she said. “What we are seeing and feeling is exactly this: it’s partnership, it’s building, it’s Maya-mentum.”
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