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3 May, 7 tweets, 2 min read
This sounds like a policy dispute, not a “bullying” concern.
Like, maybe Scott Stringer is personally nasty, but "threatened to oppose me politically if I did not line up with him on this issue" is in-bounds elected official behavior. Nobody would care if they thought Stringer was in the right on the underlying policy.
What happened to "politics ain't beanbag"?
You're a city councilman, diarying like this in public is undignified.
Similarly, I cannot even figure out what the accusation is supposed to be here (small account, but the tweet thread got written up in the NYT). She sent an email to Dems calling Stringer a hypocrite and then he didn't want to work with her... and?
Sorry, I just can't get over "he told me he's never liked me." Oh no, not that!!
When did everyone become such a soft, whiny baby? 2014?

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You are rich if you make $500,000 a year, even if you don’t consider yourself rich. Still, Dems will have a hard time agreeing to raise taxes on the rich, since some congressional Dems want to tie it to a big tax cut for the rich — SALT.…
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I used to think Long Island and Northern New Jersey were essentially the same thing but the drivers are much better in New Jersey.
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I am skeptical about the political power of school opening. Only about 1/4 of voters have school age kids at home. Many are in states like FL where there's full in-person. Many others are wary of reopening. But many conservative writers live in slow-opening blue jurisdictions...
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And of course this issue will all be over by September. Even in California, you have state lawmakers talking about how they'll force the districts open in the fall.
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What a lot of people seem to want in the argument over outdoor masking is for people on the street to stop judging them. Well, the government can't stop people from judging you. But you can control whether you care.…
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See, this reader email is not an example of people learning to mind their own business again. Image
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Anyway look: Yang is pretty much unqualified to be mayor. His campaign is very vague. So it’s weird that so much of the critique of him is (1) he doesn’t follow the social mores of the progressive borg that dominates activism and media and (2) they dislike his personality.
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It's amazing how much of NY politics is operating openly on the idea that Yang is an empty vessel you can fill with whatever you want.
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