A candidate for the 10th Congressional District in New York expressed concern over Bill de Blasio’s run in the district, arguing his win would be “horrible” for the people who live there.
Yan Xiong, a Chinese immigrant who protested at the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 and later joined the U.S. military, argued de Blasio’s policies would be harmful to the district, which has a nearly 20% Asian American population, according to the New York Post. Xiong is challenging de Blasio, the former mayor of New York City, for the Democratic primary on Aug. 23.
“De Blasio ignored Chinatown and Asian American community,” Xiong told the New York Post on Sunday. “The Chinese community will not be ignored if I’m elected to Congress.”
Xiong was critical of de Blasio’s education policies, including his attempt to scrap the admission test for students to get into specialized high schools. Xiong said de Blasio’s policies oppose merit and achievement and “don’t encourage students to study hard.” Xiong will also oppose de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island’s jail complex and replace it with four smaller borough-based jails, with one set in Chinatown.
De Blasio announced he plans to run to represent New York’s 10th Congressional District on Friday, arguing he is uniquely qualified to help people who are “hurting,” following his two-term tenure as the mayor of New York City. Prior to leaving office as New York City’s mayor, he had an approval rating of 25%, with 56% of New York voters viewing him unfavorably.
Xiong was being spied on by China in an attempt to undermine his congressional run, the Justice Department revealed in March. The plot included digging up dirt on him, pushing falsehoods, and using violence. Xiong was not concerned after finding out about the spying, saying he “experienced the Iraqi battlefield” and has no fear.
The DOJ accused Qiming Lin, a former Chinese police officer who later joined China’s Ministry of State Security, of attempting to undermine Xiong with his spying.
Xiong did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.