Adams rips Garcia, Yang for allying against him on Juneteenth

Eric Adams ripped his mayoral race rivals Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia for campaigning together on Juneteenth — which he says represented a broadside against him, a black man.

On the vacation Saturday, Yang instructed supporters to rank Garcia, the previous sanitation commissioner, second on ranked-choice ballots — a maneuver the front-running Brooklyn borough president stated was offensive.

“That last-minute attempt to derail me on June 19! That is when they did that. While we were celebrating liberation and freedom from enslavement, they sent a message, and I thought it was the wrong message,” Adams stated exterior St. George’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn to a largely black crowd.

“In a year with Black Lives Matters marches, when people talk about inequality, where people are talking about how do we lift up black and brown people in the city as well as all New Yorkers, that was their symbol on June 19, [on the day of] the federal holiday that was put in place,” Adams went on. “So I have a problem with that.”

Yang’s marketing campaign fired again, calling Adams’ feedback on the previous businessman’s partnership with Garcia “wacky.”

Yang and Garcia speaking at a rally on the Lower East Side on June 19, 2021.
Yang and Garcia talking at a rally on the Lower East Side on June 19, 2021.
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“We’re expecting all sorts of crazy but this is particularly wacky, even for Eric,” stated marketing campaign co-manager Chris Coffey.

“Andrew Yang has been saying nice things about Kathryn for months and Eric’s rhetoric won’t stop us from working together on issues we agree on. If Eric can’t work with others, he probably shouldn’t be mayor.” 

A rep for Garcia known as the retired police captain’s remarks “cynical.”

“These cynical attacks are factually wrong and insulting to New York City voters who passed Ranked Choice Voting by a 73% margin,” stated marketing campaign spokesperson Annika Reno.

“We also hope all campaigns would encourage their supporters to fully exercise their voting power in this election, instead of resorting to divisive politics that erode New York City’s democracy.”

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaking in front of St. George's Episcopal Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on June 20, 2021.
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams talking in entrance of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on June 20, 2021.
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Adams’ feedback got here after Garcia and Yang, who’s Asian American, on Saturday handed out marketing campaign materials collectively in Queens, the place Yang endorsed Garcia has his second selection whereas Garcia didn’t return the favor. The pair campaigned collectively in Flushing within the morning, and later held a joint press convention in decrease Manhattan, after Yang rode alongside within the de Blasio administration official’s marketing campaign van.

In response, Adams and his surrogates claimed– and have repeated Sunday — that the 2 candidates’ association is a mischievous “back-room” effort and try at voter “suppression” to forestall a black candidate from being elected.

“It is very harmful to the process,” former Gov. David Paterson stated Saturday in a press release blasted out by Adams’ marketing campaign. “It is an act of political chicanery and introduces a very disturbing dividing of the city’s electorate.”

Andrew Yang told supporters to rank Kathryn Garcia second on their ballots for the primary.
Andrew Yang instructed supporters to rank Kathryn Garcia second on their ballots for the first.
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Garcia on Sunday downplayed her alliance with Yang, noting she didn’t inform supporters to rank him, when requested in regards to the “supposed alliance” by a person who recognized himself as Jerry.

“Oh, I wanted his number twos,” Garcia instructed a person earlier than she campaigned with Yang, in accordance a tweet by NY1 reporter Courtney Gross.

“He said his No. 1s should vote for me No. 2, and I did not endorse.”

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