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Liu's Bid for Mayor Progresses as Campaign Coffer Grows

City comptroller’s mayoral campaign moves forward despite legal troubles.

Although he has yet to make a public announcement, City Comptroller John Liu appears to be moving forward with his campaign for mayor, having raised already $522,000 in six months and despite looming federal charges of fraud against two people formerly connected to his campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Liu, the first Asian American to hold a citywide office, said he has nothing to hide and is very proud of his team.

"All systems go, full steam ahead," said Liu of the money his campaign handlers have raised from 2,052 contributions alone. He also has roughly $2 million in cash on hand, the Journal reported.

Jia "Jenny" Hou, Liu's former campaign treasurer, and Xing Wu "Oliver" Pan, his former fundraiser. are set to go on trial Feb. 4 in Federal District Court on charges that they participated in a scheme to funnel illegal campaign donations to the comptroller.

Meanwhile, Liu's attorney maintains the comptroller is not the focus of any federal probe.

Liu, who currently polls at the bottom among the four mayoral candidates, said he's running for the city's highest office because the "astounding opportunity to bring about change in the city is well worth the public beatings along the way."

But he says he has no problem returning to the public sector in the event of a loss.

"I don't have to be in office—I've spent most of my career not in office and not having anything to do with politics and government," Liu told the Journal.

David January 15, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Hands down the best person for the job. Finally someone who's willing to go up against the corrupt, impenetrable NYEDC.
max January 15, 2013 at 01:49 PM
He is owned by the unions.
David January 16, 2013 at 03:46 AM
GOOD!!
Harriet Brown January 17, 2013 at 07:12 PM
John Liu would be a great mayor. We have an embarrassment of riches. We have John Liu, Bill Thompson and now, Sal Albanese. Any one of these would be great.
max January 18, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Just a bunch of career politicians. Beholding to their party and not the constituents. Not a statesman among them.
jacqueline March 05, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I have tried to make a contribution toward his primary campaign for Mayor of NY. Unable, and I have and continue to believe the Asian community which is fast growing deserves representation as do the rest of we Democrats that live and work in NYC. The lists of candidates is varied but I would like someone who is not of the Bloomberg power and someone like John Liu that can preside with the interest of all of the people who live in this great city. Jacqueline Barnes
Harriet Brown March 05, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Max, I don't understand what you want from a candidate. First of all, it is about time we had a mayor who wasn't into union busting. Secondly, thankfully, we have a 2 party system with an occasional third party figure thrown in. That is what Democracy is all about.

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