You are in for a rude awakening.
Alessandra Biaggi, left-most state senator on becoming a member of Congress next year, is faltering as the up-and-coming squad member’s campaign is rocked by departures and former employees who claim it’s a nightmare.
In recent weeks, both campaign manager Chris Walsh and campaign director Samantha Fullam have departed, the campaign confirmed.
“I’m happy to announce that I’m joining @Biaggi4NY as a CM! I’ve known Alessandra for years and I know she will be a fierce advocate for the people of Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester,” Walsh said two months ago. But the exuberant tone was apparently short-lived. His Twitter profile now lists him as “currently: at rest”.
Walsh declined to comment on this story. Fullam did not respond to The Post’s request for comment. Sudden staff departures have haunted Biaggi’s public life for a long time.
“There was a seamless transition, everything is friendly. Things change. It’s not that big of a deal,” campaign spokesman David Neustadt told The Post. “We’re not the first nor the last campaign to see personnel changes during the course of a campaign.”
Insiders say that while Biaggi often talks big about progressive values, her office culture is anything but.
“She was very hyperactive. She was screaming and screaming quite a bit,” said a former staffer. “She had a policy that no one on staff could speak to her. Everyone had to go through the chief of staff.”
The employee described addressing text messages after 2 a.m. and called Biaggi a “gas lighter.”
“She always says you take care of your mental health, but working for her is the worst thing you can do for your mental health,” the former staffer said.
Neustadt said, “Senator Biaggi places very high demands on herself and her staff because the work of her office in the service of the community is extremely important. Her staff always had access to her and to her chief of staff when needed.”
Biaggi, who represents parts of The Bronx and Westchester, is running in a wild seven-way Democratic primary to replace Rep. Tom Suozzi. Long Island’s Pole is one of dozens of Democrats to step down as the party faces obliteration in November’s midterm elections.
Biaggi is trying to corner the progressive lane and would likely be aligned with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The Squad if elected. Her campaign was supported by many of the city’s top elected socialists, including MP Jamaal Bowman, state senator Julia Salazar and state senator Jabari Brisport.
Despite rising crime in the Big Apple, Biaggi has spoken out against the increasing policing of the city’s subways and has supported the Defund the Police movement. She has received a frosty reception in Suozzi’s temperate Long Island district, and the resigning congressman has spoken out against her.
Progressive candidates often release eye-popping fundraising hits BUT Biaggi has eclipsed himself. In the first quarter of 2022, Biaggi’s campaign raised $437,230. While that’s far from pocket change, it’s also significantly less than the $550,235 brought in by Nassau County Legislature Joshua Lafazan and the $916,914 brought in by Robert Zimmerman, a public relations executive .
https://nypost.com/2022/04/23/alessandra-biaggis-ny-congress-campaign-is-sputtering/ Alessandra Biaggi’s campaign for the New York convention is stuttering