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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer endorses Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president

2019-09-09

Comptroller Scott Stringer endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president – spurning his frenemy Mayor de Blasio’s own long-shot bid for the White House.

The comptroller is the first citywide elected official to back a 2020 candidate, calling the Massachusetts progressive a “fierce and fearless fighter for working families.”

“In this time of national uncertainty, the stakes are too high for incrementalism,” Stringer said in a statement endorsing Warren. “We need structural change.”

Stringer’s campaign said he’s met Warren and that the pair connected recently to discuss her proposal to impose new regulations on “vampire” private equity firms that take over troubled companies.

The comptroller’s team also noted he and Warren have both unveiled plans to guarantee high-quality, affordable child care. Stringer this spring proposed a new payroll tax that would make child care more affordable for over 70,000 families in the city.

“Elizabeth Warren has proposed the boldest child care plan of any presidential candidate in history, because she's fighting to put economic power back in the hands of working people and ensure equality starts on day one,” Stringer said. “She will tackle the climate crisis with the urgency it demands, bring fairness to our criminal justice system, and make quality, affordable housing a federal priority.”

Stringer’s endorsement of Warren includes three references to working people and families in what may be a veiled snub of de Blasio, whose own presidential campaign slogan is “Working People First.”

“Her lifetime battling big corporate interests proves she’s ready to lead the fight for all working families,” Stringer said.

De Blasio and Stringer have traded barbs for years after they were both elected to their current gigs in 2013. The comptroller has hit de Blasio on everything from overtime spending to the $1 billion mental health initiative called Thrive run by the mayor’s wife.

“With all due respect to the Comptroller, we consistently disagree with his analysis,” de Blasio said in March when asked about Stringer’s critiques of Thrive. “He’s often wrong about his facts.”

The animosity began during de Blasio’s first year as mayor, when they didn’t speak for months after Stringer reported that his office still hadn’t gotten more than 70% of the contracts for the mayor’s new universal pre-K providers a week before the first day of school. “I want them to stop playing games,” Stringer said at the time.

The pair still endorsed each other’s re-election in 2017.