It’s a social media minefield for the New York City mayoral candidates, whose tweets are crammed with missteps, hypocrisy, pure ego and political about-faces.
And Andrew Yang has stepped in it quite a few occasions, tweeting in January about his favourite “bodega,” which appeared extra like a gourmand deli, and urging individuals to vote in 2018, regardless of his personal spotty record of casting ballots together with avoiding each mayoral contest. His tweet for National Pets Day celebrated a canine he stated he needed to give away.
The questionable submit led one Twitter person to muse, “When people ask me why any candidate needs messaging experts, I’m just gonna point them to this tweet.”
Yang can be an exuberant self-promoter, urging the Twitterverse to purchase his e-book and, in a Facebook campaign ad for his presidential run quoting a political reporter he claims informed him, “‘I’ve by no means heard somebody such as you in all of my years. No one in Iowa has. You are going to go up to now. I really feel like I simply met Obama in 2006.’ “
City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s tweets are all about coverage and never persona, however an April 26 dispatch was telling.
Stringer posted a photograph of himself holding a bouquet of pink roses, saying they have been for his spouse “just because.”
Maybe it was as a result of accusations would emerge publicly a day later from a former marketing campaign volunteer who claimed Stringer groped her throughout his 2001 run for public advocate. Stringer says he had a “consensual” relationship with Jean Kim.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams additionally used the All Lives Matter hashtag in 2014. Like Wiley, it got here in response to the killing of two NYPD officers.
Adams’ tweets additionally present each his support and opposition to mayoral management of New York City faculties. And he’s used the platform to help a big selection of causes from having younger individuals pull up their pants, to the plight of pachyderms, tweeting he had contacted the circus to “dialogue about elephant welfare.”
He additionally seemingly supported Rachel Dolezal, the white girl who posed for years as black. In 2015, he tweeted “For years, some blacks lived as whites due to persecution. Might we have a white woman, #RachelDolezal, living black to fight persecution?”
Wiley is probably the most prolific tweeter among the many mayoral entrance runners, with 41,000 tweets since 2009 — some she might remorse.
In January, she gushed over a tweet from a “Nicole Kidman,” considering the actress had endorsed her.
“WAIT!!! OMG!!! My team didn’t TELL me!” Wiley wrote within the post which was deleted after it grew to become clear the help was not, in actual fact, from the Oscar winner.
In 2013, she wrote “If more Black ppl skied, the music wld be sooo much better in the lodges!”
Her tweets throughout her tenure as a counsel to Mayor de Blasio present robust help for the NYPD, the price range for which she now desires to chop by $1 billion. She tweeted from a 2014 New York Police Foundation gala dinner, noting that then-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was “showing map of [declining] murder rates in NYC from ’90-‘2013. Amazing! #wordscan’t describe.”
She additionally appeared to offer certified help to the NYPD’s controversial cease and frisk program, tweeting in 2013 that the stops have been down 22 p.c. When a Twitter person requested why they weren’t down one hundred pc, she responded, “Progress matters. But 100%? Some folks are out there committing crimes. But the walking-while-Black stops are wrong.”
Former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has treaded gingerly on Twitter — beginning her account solely in September 2020 — and typically coming throughout as smug.
She tweeted on April 1 that “Some folks say I’m sometimes TOO honest” with an emoji of a laughing crying/laughing face. She added “Truth is, I just don’t know any other way to be.”
Garcia revealed on April 1 that she did her personal stunts for a marketing campaign advert that confirmed her breaking out of a glass field and stated, “Similar to how I’ll run City Hall as mayor: I’ll do the fun stuff, the ‘boring’ stuff, and all the acrobatics should New Yorkers need that.”
Garcia acknowledged her trepidation with the 15-year-old Twitter in a December 2020 interview, saying “I avoided getting a Twitter account for like my entire life because I thought it was a not nice place. And I was told I must have one. I still think it’s not a very nice place.”