David Yassky is a former staffer to Charles Schumer. He’s the guy who actually wrote the Brady Bill. He moved up to the City Council where he continued to push for more gun control like strict gun dealer liability. Pat, Amy and Barry testified on behalf of NYSRPA in council hearings against these ideas. Yassky himself defended them on NRA News. Faced with term limits Yassky decided to run for City Comptroller. He has no background related to finance so he based his campaign largely on his gun control record. Both the Daily News and New York Times endorsed his campaign because of it. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence founder Barbara Hohlt personally contributed to his campaign. His advertisements loudly and proudly touted his work with Schumer. Yassky thought it was funny we were telling people to vote against him:
… “This is a badge of honor for David, who has fought for tough gun control for years in order to protect New Yorkers.” …
What did this badge of honor get him in the primary?
Unfortunately, it was a 4-way race and the winner came up just short of the 40% needed to prevent a runoff. So Yassky advanced to round two anyway and we let fly a second GOTV mailing. Now going mano-a-mano with John Liu, Democrats would have a clear choice between the gun control candidate and someone else in a citywide runoff. Yassky had something Richard Aborn didn’t: an endorsement by Charles Schumer.
And what’s Schumer’s endorsement worth?
A double digit loss. Yassky gets 44.3% to Liu’s 55.7%.
Since he had to give up his Council seat to run for Comptroller he’s got nowhere else to go so he’s outta here. For the second time in as many weeks NYC Democrats have rejected the gun control candidate and their agenda and that will further marginalize the people and organizations who promoted them.