ANALYZING MEDIA IMAGES: One District 30 candidate, Juan Ardila, has already been accused of racist social media posts, while the other candidate, Bob Holden, recently used a mailer to remind people that he's a Democrat with an Asian wife. But in this fierce battle of reputations, which candidate deserves more scrutiny? - Phil Campbell
I am a writer and a homeowner living in City Council District 30, which represents Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale, and parts of Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and Woodside.
Pretty dull intro, right? Right. Not many people outside of my district care about this city council race, which has Juan Ardila challenging the incumbent Bob Holden.
The New York Post, though, found a reason to care. It splashed a scandalous story in its pages about how the Ardila had posted several homophobic and racist slurs on his Facebook page ten years ago, when he was still a teenager.
Ardila, who boasted endorsements from groups like the LGBT club the Stonewall Democrats of New York, was quick to apologize. “I fully understand how wrong and hurtful that language is and I wholeheartedly apologize,” Ardila, 27, said.
That might have been the end of it, but Holden, whom The Post identified as a moderate, fumed at Ardila's egregious teen behavior. Holden called Ardila’s apology “contrived” and "meaningless” since it apparently came too late.
But then Holden went further: “There is no place anywhere in the Democratic Party, on the New York City Council or in the City of New York for the kind of racist, homophobic, misogynistic language that Mr. Ardila has publicly posted on social media.”
Hold on. Now this is interesting. I've been following Holden’s career since his slender political victory as a Republican nominee in 2017, and an enormous question loomed for me after I read his indignant response: Has the Bob Holden of 2021 forgotten everything about the Bob Holden of the past ten years?
What's with that caption about Holden's wife? The mailer doesn't focus on her. Are Asian women not supposed to be seen?
When I saw the bio of this intrepid reporter, my fauxgressive radar started going wild.
What I find fascinating about his shitpost is how he called Holden an ineffective legislator, which has an element of truth to it considering the dominant influence of fauxgressive ideologues the likes of Speaker Corey Johnson, Jimmy Van Bramer, Brad Lander, Steven Levin, Carlina Rivera etc. etc. etc. that hardly votes against Mayor's de Blasio's donor and agents of the city influenced policy decisions.
Gothamist immediately closed the comment thread after 8 comments, giving Phil's screed the feel of an additional op-ed to bolster the Holden as Republican and racist narrative and a publicly funded digital publication proxy endorsement of Ardila (Gothamist is run by WNYC, for now).
This isn't journalism or even editorializing, this is JuanAnon