Is he trying to get into City Hall or a sport fantasy camp?
Andrew Yang glibly said on a radio show Friday that one of the reasons he wants to become mayor of New York City is to “have a blast” and rub elbows with Big Apple sports stars.
Yang told WFAN’s “Moose and Maggie” during a morning appearance that he’s “really excited about becoming mayor, because as mayor, I’m going to get to hang out with a bunch of my favorite teams, favorite players, build some relationships — maybe some of it will rub off on my two boys.”
Yang has previously joked about his two sons not being into athletics.
“This is very exciting,” he added with a laugh. “Everyone should run for mayor if you’re a sports fan because, then, you get to have a blast.”
Yang — a top contender in the Democratic mayoral primary set for June 22 — also said that if he were mayor, he would invite the Nets to the mayoral residence at Gracie Mansion if they manage to bring the NBA title to Brooklyn this year.
The conversation only turned to serious talk about the Big Apple’s struggles to recover from the devastating toll of the coronavirus pandemic when Yang was asked about the differences between his 2020 presidential bid and running for City Hall now.
“Right now, New York’s in a really, really wounded state still. We have to face facts, people are concerned about public safety, about jobs, about homelessness, about trash,” Yang said. “The crisis is very, very real; it’s around us all the time, when I walk out in the street with my family and you see the problems and they’re not getting better.”
The remarks come as Yang has faced intense criticism from the other Democratic mayoral hopefuls about his involvement in municipal affairs and his commitment to New York City before mounting his mayoral bid.
Voting records show that Yang never voted in a mayoral election before this year, and another top contender, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, has accused Yang of abandoning the city during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak when he moved his family to their second home in the Hudson Valley.