There’s another bombshell in the New York City mayoral race.
The woman accusing Scott Stringer of sexually assaulting her circulated nominating petitions for one of Stringer’s top opponents, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday.
Stringer, New York City’s comptroller and a Democratic candidate for mayor, campaigned in Flatbush, Brooklyn to ask New Yorkers to give him a fair hearing as he continues to forcefully deny startling accusations he groped campaign volunteer Jean Kim twenty years ago.
“We also have to make sure that we investigate, we listen, we look at the facts and follow the facts,” Stringer said.
There are now new facts to consider.
First, Kim collected signatures on nominating petitions to get several candidates – including Democratic primary front-runner Andrew Yang – on the ballot.
Kim, a standup comedian, also wrote a thesis for a master’s degree at CUNY about women and their struggles to be considered funny.
“Fortunately, I have no stories about comics flashing themselves in front of me, or of sexual groping episodes,” she wrote in 2002.
Kim says Stringer sexually assaulted her in 2001.
“Scott Stringer repeatedly groped me, put his hands on my thighs and between my legs and demanded to know why I wouldn’t have sex with him. He kept saying, ‘Why won’t you f*** me, why won’t you f*** me?'” Kim said.
Stringer says it never happened. Kramer asked him how he felt about Kim carrying petitions for Yang.
“I don’t really want to speculate on those motivations,” Stringer said. “But people should take a look at, you know she has a lot of commonality with people who oppose me politically.”
If this story gets more legs, it will show that even nice guy Yang couldn't resist resorting to sleazy politics. At least it'll show he's a true New Yorker.