Ulrich labels Konst a 'left-wing nut'
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Of all of the candidates running in the special election next month to replace Letitia James as public advocate, hands down the most unorthodox on the crowded ballot is Nomiki Konst.

While most candidates have at least some experience in political office, including a number of former and current City Council members, Konst has a background as an organizer and investigative reporter with a brash style.

While Konst has been involved in politics, at age 16 she worked on Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign and she ran for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords vacated seat in Arizon, where she also lived for a time, as of late she has been known as a strong voice in the push for progressive policies like universal health care and free college, as well as calling out the current political climate.

A clip of her dropping an F-bomb on C-SPAN while discussing “corruption” in the fundraising practices of the Democratic National Committee went viral.

As such, she has positioned herself as the outsider candidate.

“I’m not beholden to any political machine,” she told The Intercept in an interview last year. “I’m not beholden to any special interest group. And as of right now, I think that does make me very unique.

“I have a history of investigating corruption and calling out these machines and these special interest groups,” Konst added. “and I have a platform that I think aligns with the core leftist politics that most New Yorkers believe in.”

Whether or not you agree with Konst that her “core leftist politics” are something that her fellow New Yorkers also believe, you can't deny that her policies and proposals are far left of center.

And at least one of her fellow candidates took notice. Nearly all of the candidates on the ballot are Democrats, current City Council member and Republican Eric Ulrich is also running for the post.

After a recent forum for the public advocate candidates, Ulrich tweeted about Konst.

While it was clearly meant to be a criticism of Konst, many of her supporters took the councilman's assessment of her campaign positions as proof that she is on the right track.

For her part, Konst took to Twitter to wonder why, of the 20-plus Democratic candidates on the ballot, Ulrich would single her out.

The special election is nonpartisan, meaning that candidates won't be running on party lines. It also means that all voters will be allowed to take part, including young independent voters that Konst hopes will come out and support her progressive agenda.

But with such a crowded field, it will be a long shot. Two of the frontrunners are considered to be Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn and Assemblyman Michael Blake of the Bronx, and both announced last week they had raised over $1 million for their respective campaigns.

But special elections are unpredictable, and maybe Konst's radical message will resonant enough with voters that they will be compelled to come out and vote for her, while the general voting population, overwhelmed by the sheer number of candidates in the race, will just sit this one out.

At least one of her fellow candidates has started to take notice of Nomiki Konst.
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