If at first you don’t succeed, try again. But, if you get run out of town a second time, maybe it’s time to find a new place to live.
That seems to be the ethos of failed candidate Andrew Yang, who has attempted now to secure the position of Democratic nominee for President and Mayor of New York City both.
Now, in a surprising announcement, Yang is set to drop one heck of a political bombshell within the coming days.
Former presidential and New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is set to launch a third party next month, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Yang is expected to start the party in conjunction with the Oct. 5 release of his new book, “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.”
It’s not clear what the name of Yang’s third party will be or how he plans to deploy it in 2022 or 2024. Yang and his team did not respond to requests for comment.
But the book’s publisher, Crown, did give some clues about the type of platform Yang may pursue. It writes that the book is an indictment of America’s “era of institutional failure” and will introduce “us to the various ‘priests of the decline’ of America, including politicians whose incentives have become divorced from the people they supposedly serve.”
Yang’s party is likely to lean left of center, given just how adamant the former candidate was about the idea of UBI, or Universal Basic Income – an ideology that, to many, seems like a slippery slope into socialism.