Former de Blasio legal advisor Maya Wiley slapped her ex-boss for his leadership mistakes in a new video Wednesday night announcing her mayor offer for 2021.
The 56-year-old civil rights attorney and former MSNBC commentator, who has never held an elected office, is promoting her underdog status in three minutes.
“I’m not a conventional candidate, but changing it isn’t the risk,” she says from a sidewalk in her leafy Prospect Park South neighborhood of Brooklyn.
“Voting the same people, bringing the same old broken promises over and over again and expecting things to be different, that’s the risk we can’t afford right now,” she says, knocking out two of the race̵
“Not if 24,000 of our neighbors, friends and family members lose their lives to this pandemic and a historic economic crisis that is bringing our small businesses, the backbone of our economy, to a standstill. Not with millions of New Yorkers wondering how they can afford to feed their children and pay their rent.
“And not with a crisis of confidence in the leadership of our city,” she says in one blow against her former boss, who was criticized from all over the world for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the protests against Black Lives Matter.
But Wiley also takes up de Blasio’s mantra of the mayoral campaign “Tale of Two Cities” by saying that she wants to build a “stronger, more just and just city”.
And she has to work hard to distance herself from Hizzoner after serving as de Blasio’s top lawyer for nearly three years at the start of his first time.
During this time, she defended the mayor on a fundraising scandal and supported the secrecy of communications with independent aides known as “agents of the city”. De Blasio was later forced to hand over the emails following a lawsuit from The Post and NY1.
Wiley plans to officially preside over their mayor on Thursday in a public square outside the Brooklyn Museum along with Democratic State Senator Mike Gianaris, family members and other supporters.
Beyond Stringer and Adams, Wiley enters a crowded field of Democratic contenders. Proposed or potential candidates include Former Blasio Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia; Former Government Veterans Services Commissioner Ret. Brigadier General Loree Sutton, Ex-Obama Cabinet Member Shaun Donovan, and Charitable Leader Dianne Morales.
Republicans who have campaigned or are considering offers include Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, food mogul John Catsimatidis, and Andrew Giuliani, son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.