Most of this year’s losing mayoral contenders have shied away from the spotlight. But not John Liu.
After announcing endorsements for mayor and public advocate earlier this week, Mr. Liu held his third endorsement press conference this morning, rolling out his support for Scott Stringer to replace him in the city comptroller’s office.
“Scott Stringer has the admirable combination of having many years in elective office,” praised Mr. Liu outside the city’s municipal building, where he touted Mr. Stringer’s various policy initiatives.
Mr. Stringer, meanwhile, heaped equal praise on Mr. Liu, who came in a distant fifth in the Democratic mayoral primary, touting his work controlling the city’s finances and exposing the fraud in CityTime–a massive project to revamp the city’s municipal payroll system. Mr. Stringer further said the nod from Mr. Liu validated many of his own proposals for the office, including creating an audit bureau to track $15 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds and maintaining the safety and affordability of checking accounts for city residents.
“When he took office he recognized that we needed to have an office that was more transparent, that they would break ground in holding agencies more accountable—making sure that these outside technology contracts would have layers that would be necessary to protect taxpayers,” said Mr. Stringer. “I’m very proud to receive this endorsement from John Liu today.”
Mr. Liu continues to keep an active presence on the campaign trail even though he is no longer a candidate. Other failed candidates have kept their schedules under the radar but Mr. Liu has been publicly crisscrossing the city, attending events, making endorsements and using his support in Asian-American community to leverage the political ambitions of fellow elected officials. “I’m gonna campaign with John Liu, I’m gonna try to get on his busy schedule,” Mr. Stringer joked.
Of course, it’s not clear how much support Mr. Stringer, who’s considered the heavy favorite after emerging from a brutal Democratic primary, needs at this point. Mr. Stringer faces Republican John Burnett in the general election.
After posing for a quick photo raising hands in solidarity, the two walked off, without receiving questions.
“We’re gonna go hang out,” said Mr. Liu.