Video shows AOC dancing with NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley at a Strokes fundraising concert

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  • The Strokes held a concert fundraiser for NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley Saturday night.
  • AOC opened for the show, and was later seen dancing with Wiley during The Strokes’ set.
  • Comedian John Mulaney, who recently went to rehab, also opened for the show.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley were seen dancing at a Strokes concert in New York City Saturday night.

Videos posted to TikTok and Twitter show the pair enjoying the show from the mezzanine, waving to concertgoers below.

The concert was a fundraiser for Wiley, with all proceeds going towards the civil rights attorney’s mayoral campaign, according to NME. Wiley recently shot up to the second position in the polls, behind Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, after receiving AOC’s endorsement last week, according to PIX 11.


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AOC was one of the openers of the show, along with comedian John Mulaney, who is making his return to comedy after a spell in rehab for alcohol and cocaine addiction this past winter.

The Strokes concert was the first indoor full capacity concert of its size in New York City since the pandemic happened, according to NME. Attendees were required to provide a negative COVID test in order to attend.

It was also the The Strokes’ first in-person concert since the pandemic, NME reported. The Strokes previously held a virtual event for Wiley.

Frontman Julian Casablancas said in a statement before the show that Wiley is “absolutely the best choice to be NYC’s next mayor,” according to NME.

He added: “She is the only leading candidate without a PAC (political action committee), so it’s a privilege to use art to support a non-corporate candidate fighting against difficult odds. She is a benevolent warrior; at City Hall, she got the cop who killed Eric Garner fired. We need to elect trustworthy people so when hard decisions need to be made behind closed doors, we know the people of NYC will be protected and in the best hands possible.”

In response, Wiley said she was “so thankful for The Strokes for their support for my campaign and my vision for this city and for their commitment to making this event happen safely and successfully,” according to NME.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed civil rights attorney Maya Wiley for New York City mayor

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New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed civil rights attorney Maya Wiley for New York City mayor.
  • In endorsing Wiley, Ocasio-Cortez said that “we need a city by and for working people.”
  • The endorsement could give Wiley a major boost over the other progressive candidates in the race.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent progressive voices in the country, on Saturday endorsed Maya Wiley in the New York City mayoral race, imploring voters to “come together as a movement.”

For Wiley, a civil rights attorney and former political and legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, the seal of approval from Ocasio-Cortez is a significant development as she sought to consolidate progressive voters in the run-up to the June 22 Democratic primary.

In accepting the endorsement, Wiley appeared with Ocasio-Cortez outside of City Hall in Manhattan, where the attorney also served as counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio from 2014 to 2016.

“If we don’t come together as a movement, we will get a New York City built by and for billionaires, and we need a city by and for working people,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “So we will vote for Maya No. 1.”

(New York City is using a ranked-choice system for the first time in a mayoral race; in addition to their first-choice candidate, voters can select additional candidates in descending order.)

For Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th Congressional district, anchored in the eastern section of the Bronx and parts of Queens, it’s a chance to prove her influence among liberal and younger voters in the city.

For Wiley, the thumbs-up could give her a lasting boost over her most direct rivals in the progressive lane, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive.

Both Stringer and Morales have faltered in recent weeks over separate controversies.

Still, Wiley will face a set of formidable candidates in a field that includes Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner.

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