NYC: Andrew Yang Seems Prepared To Announce His Run For Mayor – BUT IS HE AGAINST BRIS MILA?

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Former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang appears to be nearing an announcement to run for mayor of New York City.

A video posted to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon appeared to show Yang shooting footage for an announcement to run for the top spot of the big Apple. In the video, Yang – who turns 46 in January – states to the camera, “I’m Andrew Yang, and I’m running for Mayor of New York City!”

In an interesting twist, Yang can be heard saying at the end of the take, “Can we dig it? Can we dig it?”

In another sign of things to come, Yang was spotted earlier in the day with a film crew at a hair salon in the city with a mask that read “Forward New York.” This possible campaign message could be inspired by Yang’s “Humanity Forward” campaign slogan – one that catapulted him from a relatively unknown businessman to a political phenomenon.

Yang filed paperwork last Wednesday with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, a move that allowed the New York City native to begin raising money to grab the Gracie Mansion position.

Rumors that Yang would run for mayor have swirled for months. A recent survey from Public Policy Polling found Yang was the top choice among potential Democratic mayoral candidates in New York City. When potential voters were asked who they would vote for, 17% chose Yang. Eric Adams, the borough president of Brooklyn, garnished 16% of support in the poll.

Meanwhile, in an issue that is sure to raise eyebrows among the large Orthodox Jewish population in NYC, is Yang’s strong public stance against circumcision. 

The Daily Best reports:

The Democratic candidate revealed in a little-noticed tweet last week that he was against the ritualized practice of cutting a newborn’s foreskin. But in an interview with The Daily Beast, he said that if he were elected he would incorporate that view into public policy, mainly by pushing initiatives meant to inform parents that they don’t need to have their infants circumcised for health reasons.

“It’s sort of pushed on parents in many situations,” Yang said, describing pressure to circumcise a child as a “cultural onus” imposed on families.

Yang said he had initially planned to have his sons circumcised, fearing they’d be “self-conscious” if they still had their foreskins. But his wife convinced him otherwise.

“From what I’ve seen, the evidence on it being a positive health choice for the infant is quite shaky,” said Yang, who did not address whether he’s circumcised himself.

If elected, Yang said he wants to “inform parents that it is entirely up to them whether their infant gets circumcised, and that there are costs and benefits either way.”

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


8 COMMENTS

  1. Jews in New York City should take a great interest in who our next mayor will be and not just for reasons of crime and the economy. Yeshiva education is probably the most important issue facing our community right now, and reading this article makes me wonder about the metziza bpeh fight.

    While I like Andrew Yang (I voted for him in the presidential primary), my personal opinion is that Eric Adams is probably the most attentive to the needs of our community, and he will probably get my vote. I’m interested in hearing what others have to say about this.

  2. Actually there ARE health reasons for circumcision — it has been proven in multiple studies to reduce the rate of transmission of HIV.

    And Yang real is against it. I found the Daily Beast article mentioned.

    This does not bode well. We have enough covid deniers, vaccine deniers and climate change deniers running around we don’t need pols who promote yet another form of junk science.