Massey drops out of mayoral race, clearing path for Malliotakis

His decision to leave the race leaves a single leading contender for the Republican nomination Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island

Paul Massey, a Republican candidate for Mayor Bill de Blasio's seat, dropped out of the race Wednesday, citing funding issues as the main reason for calling off the campaign.

In a statement he issued to announce he was dropping out, Massey said he did not have the kind of financial support it would take on the incumbent mayor.

"I am sad that Paul Massey has left the race", Malliotakis said in a statement this afternoon.

"Today I am ending my campaign for Mayor of the City of NY", the GOP challenger wrote in a statement released Wednesday just before noon.

Malliotakis, whose campaign appeared to be gaining momentum even before Massey dropped out, was recently endorsed by U.S Rep. Dan Donovan, the only Republican in New York City's congressional delegation.

According to the New York City Campaign Finance Board, by March 2017, Massey's campaign had raised $2,897,663 in private funds, and spent $1,960,646 on the campaign.


The campaign's inability to maintain its earlier levels of fundraising, coupled with the perception that Massey was failing to heighten his profile and attain the name recognition required to unseat an incumbent Democratic mayor, meant that he was widely considered a longshot to defeat de Blasio in November's city election should he have secured the Republican nomination.

"He said he plans to work with nonprofit organizations and continue public service".

Asked later by the press where the crime stats allegation came from, Massey said "people on the street" have expressed this to him.

"I look forward to going head to head with him", she said.

During the campaign, Massey touted himself as a non-politician who would bring a common-sense approach to solving the city's problems.

De Blasio's campaign didn't respond to a request for comment.

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