Andrew Yang, who is trailing in the polls for mayor of New York City, has been dubbed “naive” by his opponent.


Andrew Yang, who is trailing in the polls for mayor of New York City, has been dubbed “naive” by his opponent.

During a Thursday evening TV discussion among Democratic primary candidates, New York City mayoral candidate Scott Stringer dubbed political opponent Andrew Yang “naive.” Stringer’s remark came after a poll revealed Yang had dropped to third place among the contestants.

Stringer chastised Yang at the conclusion of a session in which the moderators inquired about the candidates’ plans for working with Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York. Cuomo was dubbed a “notorious micromanager” by the moderators, who also mentioned his “famous” “bad blood” with current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Mayor de Blasio played checkers with Andrew Cuomo when he should have been playing chess,” Stringer added, promising to “reset” the relationship between the mayor’s and governor’s offices. Stringer promised to work directly with state legislators to ensure the city receives the funding it requires. “This is where training wheels end up derailing the city,” he continued.

Yang stated that he intended to work with Cuomo on a “collaborative relationship.” “I can work with anyone who is going to help us deliver for the people of New York,” he said, adding that he had had “a lot of calls” with Cuomo. We’ve seen what happens when this relationship breaks down totally in the city.”

“I simply want to, I guess, say to Andrew: Your attitude is naive,” Stringer remarked after all the candidates had responded.

“Albany will track you down. If you don’t grasp that the forces around the state don’t want us to get the funding we deserve, Albany will collapse on you,” Stringer warned, referring to the state capital. “It’s not enough to declare we’ll all be friends,” kumbaya. We need a mayor with experience.”

Kumbaya is a pidgin English word meaning “Come by here.” It’s a word of friendship sometimes referenced in Christian and campfire sing-a-longs.

Yang rebutted by saying that voters wanted leadership that wouldn’t try to “score political points.” Yang called Stringer’s approach “de Blasio 2.0.”

A poll released at the end of May found that Yang had slipped into third place. While 16 percent of respondents supported him, 21 percent supported former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia and 20 percent supported Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams. The poll was conducted by PIX11, NewsNation and Emerson. This is a brief summary.


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