I Have Seen Andrew Yang and His Teams Work Up Close. This Is My Cautionary Tale for NYC.

What voters should know and journalists should examine.


A. Background

B. Failing Key Tests of Character and Leadership:

Concerns, Patterns, and Questions Needing Answers

1.A — Background: Who Am I?

When people show you who they are, believe them.

- Maya Angelou

A.2 — Background: Why Now?

Yang himself *said* many of the “right” things in the Business Insider piece but now is fundraising off of recent “baseless attacks” on his character… What specifically was his campaign referring to here? Does Yang believe the contents of the Business Insider story were baseless?

B. Failing Key Tests of Character and Leadership: Concerns, Patterns, and Questions Needing Answers

If the best predictor of the future is past behavior, then NYC voters should know the patterns of Yang’s past vs. the hype and lore that surrounds him today.

Observable Patterns

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

- Mark Twain

B.1 — Destroying one “Humanity Forward” (ours) to create another (Andrew’s)

Things started off well, but it didn’t last long.

February 21, 2020

February 24, 2020 (just three days later)

February 25, 2020 (just one day later)

February 26, 2020 (the next day)

However, we failed to get any response for 5 days.

The eventual email response from Graumann didn’t address anything from the last email we had sent and only included a non-urgent request for a time to “chat.”

Things only went downhill from there.

Soon after Yang’s appearance on “The View” he and his inner circle would quickly create several entities using our group’s name, not just Humanity Forward, but also the Humanity Forward Foundation, and the Humanity Forward PAC.

B.2 — Hiring Unqualified Friends and Loyalists to Key Positions

A recent tweet by Andrew Yang’s top-advisor and right-hand-bro, Zach Graumann, putting “government experience” in scare quotes. This tweet and the framing of its message is just the latest example of Team Yang’s value (or lack thereof) of relevant experience in their hiring philosophy.

Example — Trying to Win a Democratic Primary With Non-Democrats

One of Yang’s favorite and most prominent social media hype-men (to this day) and Iowa Caucus precinct captains made this Trumpian-level loony “FRAUDULENT!!!” (evidence-free) declaration on Twitter the night of the Iowa Caucuses

B.3 — Turning a Blind Eye to Toxicity

B.4 — Hype, Partial Delivery, Move On, Repeat

B.5 — Alienating and Betraying Grassroots Organizers and Activists

B.6 — The Highly Suspect Recent YangforNYC Executive Staff Shuffle

B.7 — Being A Nice Guy With Nice Ideas Isn’t Enough

Accomplished public servant and former elected official turned civic & cultural commentator and consultant 🔗 andrewlondre.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store