Longtime Wall Road govt Ray McGuire introduced his candidacy for mayor Tuesday evening in a video narrated by filmmaker Spike Lee.
“Every New Yorker deserves a chance to get back in the game, and all of New York deserves a mayor who can bring this city together and solve this crisis,” says the Harvard College-educated McGuire, 63, who left his job as a vice chairman at Citigroup in October. “And that’s why I’m running for mayor.”
Raised by a single mom in Dayton, Ohio, McGuire acquired a full tutorial scholarship to the elite Hotchkiss Faculty in Lakeville, Conn, and Harvard, the place he went on to earn postgraduate levels in each regulation and enterprise.
The timing of the announcement by McGuire — till not too long ago one of many highest rating black executives in banking — was hardly random, Wall Road insiders instructed The Publish.
“He needed Biden to win to have a chance,” stated one financier lively in metropolis politics. “Now that we know the city is going to get some bailout funding, voters might want a guy who can manage that, instead of a politician.”
McGuire has eschewed the town’s matching funds applications, so he’ll be capable to take bigger donations and he already raised greater than $1 million in 10 days in October, information present.
On Wednesday, McGuire introduced that he has employed veteran political strategist and cable TV pundit Basil Smikle as his marketing campaign supervisor.
A relative unknown, he’ll want that cash to assist distinguish himself from the already giant 2021 area of metropolis pols vying to take over Metropolis Corridor from Invoice de Blasio.
As of now, metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former de Blasio authorized counsel Maya Wiley, ex-Obama cupboard member Shaun Donovan and former de Blasio Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia are seen because the almost certainly leaders within the clubhouse.
However McGuire says he’s prepared for a brawl.
“Some folks say New York city is done,” McGuire says within the video. “But to paraphrase the great Muhammad Ali: If you ever dreamed of beating New York City, you better wake up and apologize.”
To which Lee provides: “And if you don’t know, now you know. Dig?”