Candidate John Liu

Monday, July 22, 2013

Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Today: Comptroller John Liu discusses the latest news from the campaign trail, including the candidates' overnight stay in NYCHA housing.


Comptroller John Liu

Comments [12]

Carrie from Queens

I am Asian myself, and I get embarrassed every time I hear this man speak. Biggest cringe was when he asked, "Are you serious with that question?" and later, "Are you fishing right now?" I know the position he's aiming for doesn't list "manners" as a requirement, but there's a difference between being somewhat brashly opinionated and being defensive in an unpleasant way. His tactless demeanor seems to color every interview he gives, to the point where he just seems to be broadcasting the stereotype of the rude Asian. The sooner this guy is out of the public eye, the better.

Jul. 23 2013 08:54 PM
bloomy from new york city

has bloomberg made us richer?
the rich have gotten very very rich while the rest have struggled to keep up with rocketing rents, real estate value, fluctuating food prices, the MTA raising the fare every 18-24 know, poor people issues.

Also, I don't think Bloomberg went out of his way to help all New Yorkers - his emphasis has been on making the lives of the rich in NYC as low in taxes and comfy as possible.

There are very unattractive high rise buildings made of glass facades that will remain Bloomberg's legacy in Downtown Brooklyn and Central Park South. Who will there? Not me. to anyone who makes less than ++$150k annually.

Bloomberg is a very calculating man - poor people (poor by economic and Bloomberg standards) don't figure into his calculations.

Jul. 22 2013 04:28 PM

Comptroller Liu:

Will you place public health above the ideologically-driven agenda of special interests?

Perhaps nowhere is this as appalingly the case as when it comes to the "Gay"/"LGBT" and AIDS lobbies.

The evidence is unambiguously, incontrovertibly clear:

-The single greatest factor, other than intravenous drug use, in the spread of HIV-AIDS is the practice of anal penetration.

-A far greater prevalence of this act is second only to a considerably greater degree of promiscuity, both as compared to the general population, in accounting for HIV-rates as much as FOURTY-FOUR TIMES as high among homo- and bi-sexual males. (CDC)

- Ditto for a number of other, serious, potentially lethal pathogens including hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, the human papilloma virus and herpes.

Yet, despite these incontrovertible /facts/, the "Gay"/"LGBT" and AIDS activist lobbies have consistently:

- continued to whitewash, and even promote and glorify the act of anal penetration, an inherently, self-evidently unhygienic, unsanitary, anatomically and phsyiologically unsound act

- balked at any suggestion of even merely /discouraging/, no matter how slightly, subtley or sensitively, this manifestly, emprically harmful, gruesome, brutal act

- refused to allow information about alternatives to anal penetration, such as frot, that are not only FAR safer but also more dignified and egalitarian

- endlessly demanded more and more money from the taxpayers to fund their self-indulgent, hedonistic, destructive behavior

- placed almost all of the blame for the HIV-AIDS epidemic and any number of other problems that plague the "LGBT community" on anyone and everyone but themselves

- viciously attacked anyone who dares to point-out any of the above
This includes people such as Bill Weintraub, a self-described, unapologetic longtime "gay activist". As emphatically pro-/homoerotic/ as he is anti-/buggery/ (anal penetration and the culture that surrounds it), Weintraub was the one who coined the term "Frot" for phallus-against-phallus sex and advocates it as the safe, natural, dignified and egalitarian form of male homosexual intercourse.

Comptroller Liu: If elected mayor, will you stand-up to the "Gay"/"LGBT" and AIDS lobbies? Will you reach-out to brave dissidents such as Bill Weintraub and his colleagues at the Man2Man Alliance ( ), in an effort to save lives by telling the hideous truth about anal penetration and encouraging far safer alternatives?

Or will you continue, as our current "Public Health Mayor" [sic] has done, to allow a politically powerful special interest lobby, driven by an /ideological agenda/, to trump public health and decency?

The choice is yours.

Jul. 22 2013 11:25 AM
Tony from Canarsie

I was hoping for a longer, more in-depth interview, but judging by other interviews I've heard, getting very much of substance from Comptroller Liu can be like pulling teeth. Even with a sensationalist press hounding his every move, Lui is way too secretive and defensive to earn my vote.

Jul. 22 2013 11:15 AM
john from office

I thought this guy was in jail?? Oh right, it was the 25 year old, in charge of fund raising!!

Jul. 22 2013 10:47 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Brian, were you FISHING? Radio host ZING!

Jul. 22 2013 10:45 AM
Nick from UWS


Jul. 22 2013 10:44 AM
Nat from NYC

Wait, 401(k)s are MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE than pensions? More expensive for the employer? I find that hard to believe; why else would the past several decades seen the move from pensions to 401(k)s? More expensive for the employees, I guess J. Liu meant. But I'd like to hear a clarification.

Jul. 22 2013 10:42 AM
Nick from UWS

Why doesn't Brian EVER push his guests to answer a question? What the hell is the purpose of these interviews? WHY is the shelter contract defective? Does Brian have no curiosity, or does he just take whatever anyone says to him at face value?

Jul. 22 2013 10:39 AM
Mickey from Manhattan

The notion that pension liabilities place the city in danger of default is absurd. It assumes then entire balance of the pension liability will come due today, when in fact that liabiity is stretched out over a very long time horizon. The question is whether the pension costs can be met today and tomorrow. If the answer is no, it's on the city to negotiate fair contracts which relieve that burden, perhaps by paying more in wages to save the long term pension payments.

Jul. 22 2013 10:39 AM
paulb from brooklyn

Could you please ask him why public employees aren't in the social security system?

Jul. 22 2013 10:36 AM
Jean from Midtown

Why doesn't Brian ask the most obvious question about this contract? Liu claims that the contract is flawed. Shouldn't he ask Liu what the flaws are regarding this contract. Instead, he allows Liu to use this time to make broad statements that probably have nothing to do with why he is blocking the contract.

Jul. 22 2013 10:35 AM

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