Dianne Morales’ campaign is looking like a hot mess at the moment. With one resignation, two firings, and four terminations due to unionization, Morales’ campaign is losing morale fast. New Yorkers can’t help but wonder if she should drop out of the NYC mayoral race.
Candidate Dianne Morales, however, says she will not be going anywhere. She waved away the comment that her campaign is a mess with a comment of her own: “It’s a beautiful mess.“
Just last night, the progressive Democrat fired four union organizers, leading to an uproar from other employees and union supporters. Morales dismissed the lash back, insisting that the firings had nothing to do with their involvement with the union. Twenty-five members of the campaign went straight to Bryant Park to protest, marching to convince Morales to rehire the employees regardless of her reasoning. It seems that even her own campaign doesn’t believe the firings were unrelated to union organizing.
Some signs at the protest read “Every worker deserves a union,” and “Union busting is disgusting!”
In response to the march, Dianne Morales was overwhelmingly apathetic. “Members of the team … needed to be let go,” she said. “It is just what I as a manager and an executive decided was in the best interests of the campaign moving forward.” If she thought that was the end of the chaos, Morale was wildly mistaken.
The previous Tuesday, Morales skipped Rev. Al Sharpton’s mayoral forum for a “family emergency.” It turns out that emergency was her campaign team revolting in an extended meeting. In addition to her campaign manager, Whitney Hu, quitting her senior advisor Ifeoma Ike turned in their resignation. Campaign members called the Tuesday night meeting “candid” as Morales listened to complaints of harassment, exploitation, and other race-related grievances. Following the meeting, two more employees were dismissed on Thursday morning.
On Thursday evening, one of her senior organizers, Farudh Emiel Majid, called for her to drop out of the race. He released a statement over Twitter, captioning it, “As the Senior Queens Borough Organizer for @Dianne4NYC, I am calling on my candidate Dianne Morales to suspend her candidacy for NYC Mayor.” In the statement, Majid claims that Morales created “a hostile work environment towards Black and Brown staffers.”
The campaign team might not have fallen apart, but it seems that the firing of union organizers was the last straw for many.
“It is deeply disappointing that a candidate who claims to support unions refused to engage in this conversation,” employees who helped form the union said in an official response to Morales’ behavior. All union members have halted working for Morales in protest of the fired employees.
In the past week, Dianne Morales has skipped internal meetings, mayoral forums and even canceled an appearance at the New Yorkers for Racially Just Public Schools event she was scheduled to speak at. A parent who planned on seeing the candidate speak share their thoughts on the campaign with The New York Times.
“To be honest, it doesn’t look good,” said Gina White said. “At least if she wasn’t here, she should’ve sent someone from her campaign staff to represent and give a statement.”
As Morales struggles to manage her campaign team, it raises the question whether she can really lead 8.419 million residents of New York City. Although Morales promises that she will not be dropping out of the race, it seems unclear if the candidate should continue running.