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Kathryn Garcia isn’t flattered by Andrew Yang’s repeated insistence he’d make her his deputy if he wins this year’s New York City mayoral election.
The former sanitation commission and mayoral hopeful said it was “sexist” for Yang and other male opponents in the race to suggest she’d accept a role as their behind-the-scene side-kick.
“I would like Andrew Yang to stop saying that. I’m not running for No. 2,” Garcia said in an interview with The New Yorker published Saturday. “It’s totally sexist. Totally sexist.”
Yang, a newcomer to city politics, has said he would appoint Garcia deputy mayor to handle the nuts and bolts of City Hall.
“I’m already thinking about how to staff the administration and make sure we can actually move the bureaucracy,” he told The Post’s Editorial Board on Thursday. “I have my eyes very wide open for people like Kathryn.”
“It makes it sound like they’re giving me a compliment, but they’re not,” Garcia told the New Yorker, referring to Yang and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, another polling frontrunner, who she said has “has straight up told other people, particularly when going for endorsements, ‘Well, I’d make her deputy mayor.’”
“Are you not strong enough to actually do this job, without me helping you? You should be strong enough. You shouldn’t need me,” she told the magazine.
“To be quite clear: I don’t need you guys, to run this government.”
Adams’ campaign did not return a request for comment. A rep for Yang told the New Yorker the frontrunner “has enormous respect for Kathryn Garcia and that’s why he’s often said he’d seek her partnership at city hall if elected mayor.”
In addition to her tenure as sanitation boss under Mayor Bill de Blasio, Garcia helmed the New York City housing authority and served as the city’s “food czar” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Polls show Garcia with around 5 percent of the vote — far behind Yang and Adams.
The 2021 Democratic primary will be the city’s first mayoral primary with ranked-choice voting, where voters can list their second, third and fourth and fifth choices.
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