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NEW YORK: Yesterday, news broke from multiple media outlets that former NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang will be leaving the Democratic Party and starting a new third party.
“I fully support this decision,” Curtis Sliwa said. “I wish Andrew the best of luck in this new political venture.”
Sliwa went on to say: As the former Chairman of the New York State Reform Party, I understand the vitriol directed at those who choose an independent path against the establishment.
Over the past three years, Yang has launched a presidential campaign and NYC mayoral campaign. In both races, Yang was the political outsider who challenged the establishment. He brought new ideas and authenticity to the political stage. In this time, he also built up one of the most fervent and energized grassroots bases in recent memory: the #YangGang.
Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure to meet and discuss policy with many YangGang members, and their commitment, knowledge, and genuine care for improving U.S. politics are unparalleled.
In response to Yang’s political ascent, the establishment attacked him, mocked him, and maligned him.
As just one example, Eric Adams called Andrew Yang a “fraud”, “a liar”, and a “racist” in the final days of the NYC mayoral race—all of which were baseless attacks.
At the end of the day, Yang is someone who genuinely cares about improving our country and political system. Like myself, he brought many novel ideas into the NYC mayoral race, like UBI, taxing Columbia University and NYU, and expanding cryptocurrency use in NYC.
While you could agree or disagree with his policy views, his desire to move this country forward is undeniable. The political establishment has wronged Yang far too many times, and I know how that feels, having been attacked by the political establishment myself over the past few decades.
Andrew Yang is a person that brings fresh ideas and authenticity to American politics. We need more of that today. That is why I fully support his decision to start a third party, and I wish him the best of luck.