An animal rights group is operating digital advertisements that includes Andrew Yang’s wife, Evelyn, to throw horse manure at her husband’s marketing campaign for mayor.
New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets obtained a textual content message that Evelyn exchanged with an animal rights advocate she ran into whereas campaigning for her husband in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on June 11.
Evelyn informed the activist it was a “mistake” and “crazy” for her husband’s marketing campaign to reply “no” to supporting efforts to strengthen protections for carriage horses — a high concern for NYCLASS. The group’s Super Pac offered a duplicate of the textual content alternate to The Post.
The activist referred to a “no” reply Yang gave to a query on NYCLASS’ questionnaire that learn: “Would you support legislation or efforts to strengthen welfare protections and increase the standards of care for New York City’s carriage horses?”
“I’m still very confused why Andrew answered NO to wanting to improve humane treatment of carriage horses in the survey,” the activist requested Evelyn Yang in a textual content message. “Can you please clarify that?”
Evelyn Yang responds through textual content, “He [husband Andrew] didn’t write these solutions. I’m undecided who did!
“That would be a crazy way to answer from anyone honestly, I think it was a mistake.”
The digital advertisements present a picture of Andrew and Evelyn collectively by faculty lockers.
The message above Andew says, “I support animal abuse.” The message under Evelyn says, “That’s crazy.”
The Yang marketing campaign didn’t dispute the authenticity of Evelyn Yang’s textual content message and as a substitute accused NYCLASS leaders of attacking Yang to help the marketing campaign of one in every of his opponents.
“Andrew supports fair and humane treatment of animals. Obviously. These NYCLASS people are trying to help one of Andrew’s opponents so the truth doesn’t really matter,” stated Yang marketing campaign supervisor Chris Coffey.
Steve Nislick, Wendy Neu, and Jackie Kelman Bisbee — founders of New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets or NYCLASS — not too long ago fashioned a new super PAC known as New York Deserves Better as a car to assault Yang in the mayor’s race.
NYCLASS’ hardball ways are nothing new.
In 2013 NYCLASS funded assault advertisements in opposition to Christine Quinn, the previous City Council speaker, who was operating for mayor in opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio shortly earlier than the Democratic major. The group later contributed $900,000 to his marketing campaign and a nonprofit supporting his political agenda.
The effort was extensively considered a significant factor in de Blasio’s victory.
NYCLASS later agreed to pay $10,000 to a state watchdog in 2015 to settle ethics violations for failing to register as a lobbyist and file disclosure types whereas petitioning de Blasio on points regarding horse carriages.
The Yang marketing campaign previously claimed that NYCLASS is “very tightly” aligned with de Blasio in a bid to sink the entrepreneur’s marketing campaign. A lawyer for the animal rights group then accused the Yang marketing campaign of defamation and issued a stop and desist letter urging the marketing campaign cease linking NYCLASS to de Blasio.
Sources have claimed that de Blasio is maneuvering behind the scenes to help ally and front-runner Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s mayoral candidacy. De Blasio has denied taking sides in the race however defended Adams in a current marketing campaign dispute over the candidate’s residency.