“Anyone who wants to sit down and serve the people of New York City should be able to understand that there is simply no man who can tell a woman whether or not she has consented to sex.” Ms. Wiley said. “That’s not how it works.”
For months, Mr. Yang, the former presidential candidate, topped the rare public polls, usually followed by Mr. Adams. But in a number of recent polls, Mr Stringer appeared to be practically tied or just behind Mr Adams. He had been supported in recent weeks by several important endorsements, including the Working Families Party, the New York branch of the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy group and the United Federation of Teachers.
Yet the allegation against Mr Stringer – who, along with some of his main supporters, has preached a zero tolerance message in other cases of allegations against public officials – threatens to revamp the entire mayoral contest. , and in particular the battle for the left.
Mr Brisport, the state senator, had backed Mr Stringer as his second choice in the June primary, with Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive, as the first choice. This was exactly the strategy Mr Stringer had worked to engage the city’s most left-wing voters, but Mr Brisport’s withdrawal of his support on Thursday was a troubling sign.
The developments have also given new fuel to Ms Wiley, as well as Kathryn Garcia, the former Sanitation Commissioner, and other candidates who, like Mr Stringer, campaign on a mantle of skill and d government experience.
“It opens up the race in Manhattan in a way that I think it didn’t a few weeks ago, and probably a little Park Slope,” said Alicia Glen, former deputy mayor and Ms. Garcia’s supporter. “He put those votes on the line.”
Mr Stringer snuggled up on a private video conference call Thursday with key supporters, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler; representatives of the main unions which have approved it, such as the UFT; and other supporters, including State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and MK Yuh-Line Niou, according to people close to the meeting.