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Taiwanese born John C. Liu (劉醇逸), current Comptroller of New York City, is scheduled to run for mayor of NYC in 2013, with current mayor Michael Bloomberg’s term expiring then. In 2009, he became the first Asian-American to be elected to a city-wide office in New York City and once he announced his run for mayor, he soon had the backing of the many Asian-American communities around the five boroughs, becoming a real fan favorite.
However in 2011, investigators found numerous fundraising irregularities and several donor inconsistencies in Liu’s campaigns, and in November 2011, one of Liu’s fundraisers, Oliver Pan (潘心武) was arrested on charges of wire fraud from illegal donations; in February 2012, Treasurer Jenny (Jia) Hou was charged with using sneaky straw donors to avoid campaign finance laws and gain more matching funds from taxpayers.
In short, Liu’s mayoral campaign has been dogged by federal investigations of alleged conspiracies in his campaign fund-raising. Yet, the Chinese community insists that Liu is being framed. Liu, who once was viewed in the public eye as a genuine and possible solid replacement of Michael Bloomberg is now seen as a dishonest fraud in the eyes of many after two employee arrests. Although Liu has never been formally charged himself, it’s clear that he is becoming less likely to replace Bloomberg- Liu even acknolwedged himself that he probably won’t replace Bloomberg! But hey, since Liu is Chinese, it always leaves the door open for discrimnation against Liu, right? Let’s face it, nobody likes a fraud, especially when that person is going to be in charge of the city with 11 million people. He’s done a fine job as comptroller…Too bad I actually thought Liu would be the next Asian sensation to be in Manhattan.