6:17 pm Oct. 12, 2011
Questions about John Liu's campaign accounting go to the heart of his prospective mayoral candidacy. He is, after all, the city comptroller.
When such questions have come up in the past, part of Liu's defense has been to suggest that his donors are coming under undue scrutiny because of their ethnicity and economic station.
Liu's top consultant, Chung Seto, made a similar argument years ago, when some of Hillary Clinton's donations from Chinatown were called into question.
Liu acknowledged more answers are needed about his current finances. But the backdrop to the Liu story is the story of how new and emerging immigrant communities organize and become part of the political establishment. He survived another potentially damaging story in 2009 that called into question aspects of his biography, forcefully defending himself and ending up with more votes than anybody running in New York City that year.
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