Andrew Yang’s mayoral campaign has been forced to start withholding the exact locations of its events — after Yang was chased away by left-wing hecklers Thursday when he tried to troll Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayoral hopeful’s attempt to mock de Blasio’s much-maligned Park Slope Y workouts backfired when he was ambushed by protestors shouting slogans such as “Hedge Fund Mayor” — causing him to quickly abandon his planned presser in front of the gym.
The following day, Yang, 46, appeared on WFAN to talk sports, and later held an event closed to press in Brownsville.
Then on Saturday, Yang’s campaign schedule listed a “community canvas lunch” at an unspecified spot in Manhattan.
He’d also later hand out campaign material somewhere in Brooklyn, according to the public schedule.
On Sunday, Yang — who has typically been the candidate most accessible to reporters — appeared at two churches in Brooklyn, but the events were closed to press citing COVID-19 protocols.
Later in the day, he would hand out campaign literature in Queens, his campaign schedule said. Reporters wishing to cover the event were asked to RSVP in order to learn of the exact location.
That was also the case for an 11 a.m. press conference on Monday with Rep. Ritchie Torres regarding the Cross-Bronx Expressway.
“RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for address,” reads the schedule, with a link to a video stream of the campaign stop.
On Monday evening, the campaign then released a schedule that included canvassing in The Bronx — but again without an exact location in the borough.
Before the failed press conference outside the Park Slope Y, Yang’s campaign schedules listed exact addresses for his busy, press-friendly campaign schedule.
Meanwhile, Yang’s campaign on Thursday claimed that rival Stringer was behind the disruption.
“Andrew doesn’t think we should defund the NYPD at a time of soaring gun violence — Scott Stringer’s campaign found the 7 people in Brooklyn who disagree in a desperate attempt to distract from his failing campaign,” campaign spokesperson Jake Sporn said at the time.
Yang’s standing in the race has dropped recently, according to a new NY1/ Ipsos poll conducted in May and released Monday.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams now holds a six-point lead over Yang — after Adams trailed him by nine points in April.
The Democratic mayoral primary will be held on June 22, with early voting beginning Saturday.