Andrew Yang, who unsuccessfully bid for New York City mayor in 2021 and ran for president in 2020, endorsed Suraj Patel in New York’s 12th congressional district on Monday.
Patel, a 36-year-old attorney and professor of business ethics at New York University, is running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Representative Carolyn Maloney and Representative Jerry Nadler, who currently represent New York’s 10th district, but are now in a fresh nomination. On the 12th, a judge ruled New York’s political maps unconstitutional.
Yang said Patel represents part of the next generation of leaders and vowed to help them win.
“Do you want someone who is on the verge of retirement to actually have a chance to do something the next time a Democrat is 78, 79, or even older?” Yang said. “Or do you want someone who will be in their early 40s at the time, just building up seniority and representing this district and community for years and years to come? We know that. We need the latter.”
Yang’s comments about age are in line with statements he’s made in the past, saying “America is a non-democracy” and calling for term limits for lawmakers.
On Monday, Yang also spoke about the uphill battle for Democrats in the November midterm election.
“Honestly speaking, the chances are that the Democrats won’t be in power in the House until ’26 at the earliest, at which point both Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler will be much closer to retirement than they are to lead new policy or legislation,” Yang said.
Patel is not a first time candidate. He ran against Maloney in both 2018 and 2020, when he came second by 4 points.
The support comes eight months after Yang announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent voter in a blog post published on his website.
“I’ve been a Democrat my entire adult life,” Yang wrote. “And yet, I believe it is the right thing to no longer be a Democrat.”
The first is to be held in August.