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The arch of Corey Johnson’s carreer bends toward corruption and unelectability

Corey Johnson started out as chair of Manhattan Community Board 4. He was a member of the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, according to an entry on the muckraking Web site, City Council Watch. Johnson would have owed his appointment to Community Board 4 to two neoliberal Democrats : Christine Quinn, then the speaker of the New York City Council, and Scott Stringer, then the Manhattan borough president.

Johnson ran in an open primary for his City Council seat in 2013 against Civil Rights attorney Yetta Kurland, where it was reported that his supporters went negative against Kurland, according to a report published by the New York Times. Kurland was highly-regarded by many activists, since she had tried to save St. Vincent’s Hospital from a take-over by Rudin Manageemnt Company, a battle which she fought bravely but lost. Later, she acted as counsel at a critical turning point for the Occupy Wall Street social movement. Desite Kurland’s credentials, Johnson beat Kurland in the City Council race, in part, because he had hired the same campaign consulting firm that had also been working to promote Kurland during the same election cycle, according to a report published by Crain’s New York Business.

Johnson won the Council speaker race in 2017 after subjugating the Council committee chair selection process to reported influence by the then Queens machine boss, then U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY 14), according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal. At the time then, the Queens machine had been the subject of reports alleging institutional corruption. Later, Crowley would go down in defeat to a political upstart, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after the newcomer accused Crowley of refusing to vote to disband the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE had become a weapon for powerholders, who support racism and xenophobia. Crowley had┬ávoted in 2002 to create ICE within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To date, Johnson has not been openly critical of his political benefactor’s record on immigration.