Update: Democrat Cyrus Vance, running unopposed for Manhattan DA, gained 90 percent of the vote. Fully 10 percent went to write-ins. It’s not clear how much of the write-in vote went to Marc Fliedner, but it’s reasonable to assume he accounts for a good bit of it.
Still, not bad for a campaign started a month ago, after many folks on Twitter actively nudged Fliedner to jump in.
Read more about the race:
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Do you live in New York City? Do you have friends who do? On November 7, 2017, write in Marc Fliedner for the office of Manhattan District Attorney (DA).
Cyrus Vance is the sitting Manhattan DA. He’s a Democrat and he’s running unopposed.
Why stand in the way of a Democrat’s re-election? Because Vance has been up to some side-eye worthy stuff, that’s why.
Recently, news broke that Vance dropped cases against Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Harvey Weinstein. The lawyer for the Trump children gave $25,000 to Vance’s re-election campaign (but Vance returned it before meeting with that lawyer, and he has since promised to return an additional $50,000 in donations that the lawyer gathered for Vance).
Vance also declined to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015 after Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez wore a wire and captured damning audio evidence of Weinstein’s abusive behaviors. (The New Yorker magazine published an excerpt from the recording with Ronan Farrow’s recent story about Weinstein.) After Vance chose not to pursue charges, a lawyer for Weinstein donated $10,000 to his campaign.
It’s too late to run another Democrat against Vance–the primary already happened. The best way to deny him a new term is with a write-in candidate who lives in the district. (Fliedner is now moving to Manhattan.)
Evidently, folks on Twitter recruited Marc Fliedner to campaign as a write-in, and he accepted. Fliedner has experience as a public prosecutor in many different types of cases, from sex crimes to homicides to narcotics to civil rights. He left the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in 2016 to launch his own practice, focused on civil rights and criminal defense.
Fliedner supports ending cash bail and supports criminal justice reform. He’s a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and claims to be the first out gay man to run for a DA post anywhere.
Fliedner is getting into the race late, and he’s going up against a known incumbent, which makes him a long shot. But a long shot is not an impossibility.
Key thing to remember: Voters must spell the write-in’s name exactly right. His name is
Please practice writing his name before you head into the booth, and make double-extra sure that you’ve spelled his name correctly when passing the information on to Manhattan friends. (Maybe just forward them this blog post?)
See Fleidner’s campaign website:
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Read more about Manhattan DA Cy Vance, the cases he declined to pursue, and his explanation for not pursuing them: