Wiley now has the help of two of the state’s highest profile members of Congress in Ocasio-Cortez, who represents elements of Queens and the Bronx, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the Home Democratic Caucus.
The choice is probably going to assist Wiley’s efforts to consolidate metropolis progressives, who had for months been break up
amongst Wiley, a former counsel to outgoing Mayor Invoice de Blasio, New York Metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer and former nonprofit govt Dianne Morales.
Ocasio-Cortez, who had beforehand indicated she may keep out of the mayoral marketing campaign fray, made the announcement per week earlier than the beginning of early voting and fewer than 24 hours after the New York Instances
reported a second sexual misconduct allegation in opposition to Stringer. He has denied the accusations from two separate ladies, which each allegedly passed off a long time in the past, however has misplaced the backing of a lot of main progressive officers and organizations. CNN has reached out to him for extra touch upon the allegations.
Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement additionally follows studies of an intense inside feud inside Morales’ marketing campaign. Earlier than Wednesday evening’s debate
, a high adviser to Morales, Ifeoma Ike, defected to Wiley’s marketing campaign, the place she has taken a senior function.
With neither of the Republican mayoral main candidates thought of severe contenders in November, the winner of the Democratic main is broadly anticipated to be elected to succeed de Blasio, who’s term-limited and can depart workplace on the finish of the yr.
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