He leads in the race for New York City Mayor…
But he is getting jumped on for his reaction to a comment about women and sex that he answered to a passer by…
With his lead solid?
Others in the running have been trying to pull Yang down…
The primary for the Mayor job is in June….
You’re just about a lock for a win….
This seems to be a invitation for the media to punoce on him…
Don’t know if it’s gonna hurt Yangs’ polling numbers which are double the next guy’s across the board….
Andrew Yang faced an onslaught of criticism Thursday after a video circulated of the leading mayoral candidate laughing when asked if he “choked b—-es.”
In the video, someone asks the mayoral front-runner whether a man, “while he’s f—ing b—-es, can he keep his Timbs on?” — a reference to Timberland boots. Yang said, “I think it’s purely up to your partner.”
The man continued by asking Yang whether he “choke[s] b—-es,” to which Yang laughed and backed away, appearing to gesture with his hand that the conversation was over.
“I think most New Yorkers know that I try to be friendly to people, and in this case someone wanted a video and I thought I’d be friendly,” Yang told reporters Thursday when asked about the clip. “But then he said something that was plainly inappropriate that I didn’t find funny at all and so I walked away and ended the interaction as quickly as possible. You know, obviously I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
But Yang’s engagement with the questioner after he used the word “b—-es” and his laughter at the suggestion of violence against women drew comparisons from rival campaigns and critics to former President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who is facing a litany of sexual harassment accusations from former and current staffers….
This in Politico two days ago (4/15/2021)….
With a little more than two months until New Yorkers head to the polls to pick the Democratic candidate for mayor, Andrew Yang is widening the gap over his second-place rival, Eric Adams.
A survey conducted by Data For Progress, a national think tank, found 26 percent of voters are supporting Yang’s candidacy — double the 13 percent who said they would support Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The news comes as several PACS are in the works to further assist Yang’s campaign….
The survey, which was conducted in English, found Yang leading his opponents in every demographic: Women, men and voters who identify as Asian, Hispanic and white. He was also the top pick for people with and without college degrees.
Yang, who joined the race in January, has dominated nearly every news cycle with both controversy and creative campaigning. He relentlessly promotes New York City’s post-Covid comeback, proposing incentives for out-of-town commuters and emphasizing a desire to lure tourists back to the Big Apple. He took in a game at Yankee Stadium, promised a “key to the city” to the TurboVax creator and made a show of buying movie tickets with his wife when theaters reopened.
His breezy style and quasi-celebrity status has dwarfed the attention received by his opponents when they roll out their own endorsements and policy proposals.
The new findings, which were the compilation of several polls Data for Progress recently conducted, showed a widening lead for Yang…
The poll found Yang also benefits from ranked-choice voting — a system that is debuting in city elections this year. Thirty-one percent named him their second choice pick, compared to 13 percent for Adams and Stringer and 11 percent for Wiley. Adams edged him out slightly in third-place picks with 15 percent compared to Yang’s 14 percent….
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