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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed civil rights attorney Maya Wiley for New York City mayor

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 06 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/60bbd4fce459cb0018a2c611-2400/AP21140799556713.jpg" border="0" alt="Maya Wiley" data-mce-source="AP Photo/Kathy Willens" data-mce-caption="New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent progressive voices in the country, on Saturday endorsed Maya Wiley in the New York City mayoral race, imploring voters to "come together as a movement."</p><p>For Wiley, a civil rights attorney and former political and legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, the seal of approval from Ocasio-Cortez is a significant development as she sought to consolidate progressive voters in the run-up to the June 22 Democratic primary.</p><p>In accepting the endorsement, Wiley appeared with Ocasio-Cortez outside of City Hall in Manhattan, where the attorney also served as counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio from 2014 to 2016.</p><p>"If we don't come together as a movement, we will get a New York City built by and for billionaires, and we need a city by and for working people," Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. "So we will vote for Maya No. 1."</p><p>(New York City is using a ranked-choice system <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/us/politics/ranked-choice-voting-new-york-mayoral-race.html">for the first time</a> in a mayoral race; in addition to their first-choice candidate, voters can select additional candidates in descending order.)</p><p>For Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York's 14th Congressional district, anchored in the eastern section of the Bronx and parts of Queens, it's a chance to prove her influence among liberal and younger voters in the city.</p><p>For Wiley, the thumbs-up could give her a lasting boost over her most direct rivals in the progressive lane, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive.</p><p>Both Stringer and Morales have faltered in recent weeks over separate controversies.</p><p>Still, Wiley will face a set of formidable candidates in a field that includes Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-endorsed-maya-wiley-new-york-city-mayor-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-everyone-hates-moist-2018-5">Why 'moist' is one of the most hated words in the English language</a></p>
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