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Jeffries endorses Wiley in New York mayor's race

Jeffries endorses Wiley in New York mayor's race
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New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley on Sunday announced an endorsement from Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic White House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure MORE (D-N.Y.).

Wiley touted the endorsement on Twitter, and said that she would appear at a campaign rally with Jeffries at the Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn later in the day. 

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According to The New York Times, Jeffries, who is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that he endorsed Wiley because she is a “change candidate” running in a “change election.”  Jeffries also cited Wiley's humble beginnings.

“Maya’s life experiences, if she can get out and tell that story, will be particularly compelling,”  Jeffries said. “An African-American woman who lost her father at a very young age but rallied back from that adversity to follow in her father’s footsteps as a civil rights champion is a quintessential change candidate.”

Jeffries also reportedly added that he is drawn to Wiley's proposed policies including her promise to lead an equitable economic recovery coming out of the pandemic.

“Those communities who have been hurt the most in terms of an economic crisis have often been helped the least,” Jeffries said, according to the Times. “Those communities that have been hurt the least have often been helped the most. It seems to me that Maya Wiley is the person to make sure that this time will be different.”

Wiley, who is a former counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters NYC progressives anxiously watch Maya Wiley's ascent The Memo: New York City mayoral race is harbinger for politics of crime MORE (D) and civil rights lawyer, is trailing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangFive takeaways from the NYC Democratic mayoral debate NYC progressives anxiously watch Maya Wiley's ascent Danny Glover endorses Eric Adams in NYC mayoral race MORE according to recent polling ahead of the Democratic primary on June 22. 

The Hill has reached out to Jeffries’s office for comment.