He doesn’t even live in the ‘city’ all the time…
He moves his family from their apartment in Hell’s Kitchen to a more spacious house north of the city….
He just came off a Presidential campaign and wasn’t offered a job in the Biden admin….
None of that matters…
An Asian-American with national presence?
He leads the race for the Big Apple Mayor’s job….
A slate of polls have put Yang — who enjoys high name recognition after his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — in first place, and it is easy to imagine that he stays there. In his first week in the race, Yang was inescapable, appearing on The View, on local radio, on CNN, and making Twitter gaffes about New York City bodegas and pizza that prompted ridicule from his rivals but put him at the forefront of voters’ minds. His race tests an uncertain proposition: Can someone become mayor of New York with limited institutional support from elected officials, labor unions, clergy, and neighborhood leaders, running a campaign online and on the airwaves, and, stretching the boundaries of what kind of in-person campaigning is allowable in the era of Covid. As other campaigns stuck to Zoom, Yang was out on the streets, taking walking tours of neighborhoods with local elected officials and neighborhood press, until an aide ultimately contacted the coronavirus, forcing Yang into quarantine.
A recent internal Yang campaign poll obtained by Intelligencer gave him an eight-point lead over Eric Adams and a 13-point lead over Scott Stringer in first-choice votes under the city’s new ranked-choice-voting system. It also showed Yang leading as the second choice among his rivals (which is important under the new ranked-choice-voting rules that will decide the primary). He beats both Adams and Stringer by more than 20 points in a head-to-head matchup and has the highest favorability of anyone in the field, a number that has increased over the past month as, on Twitter at least, Yang was getting battered for his New Paltz interview and his lack of local ties.
As the Yang team sees it, if this campaign follows the trajectory of campaigns past, if the same 650,000 New Yorkers vote as they voted the last time there was an open Democratic primary for mayor, Yang will have a tough go of it. But there are 3.2 million registered Democrats in this town, and if he can get them paying attention to local politics, he can win….