John Liu Has No Problem Being 'Embattled'

(Photo: Facebook)

(Photo: Facebook)

Comptroller John Liu, a likely candidate for mayor this year, has been consistently tagged as “embattled” by media outlets due to the criminal indictments against his campaign treasurer and a top donor. Over time, however, the press has largely dropped the term, even as his campaign treasurer’s trial plows ahead.

However, in a brief email to reporters inviting them to attend his birthday party fundraiser tonight, Mr. Liu’s campaign embraced the term themselves with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the candidate as “embattled.”

“Embattled Comptroller John Liu would like to invite you as a guest to his birthday fundraiser tonight,” the invitation read.

This is not the first time Mr. Liu has addressed this “embattled” reputation. In May of last year, he held a campaign event and mocked the moniker while turning the it into a rallying cry.

“I have a new nickname: ‘The embattled comptroller,’” he said. “Well let me say this: I am ready, willing and able to go into battle for what I think is right for the City of New York.”

Tonight’s fundraiser for Mr. Liu will take place at Jing Fong dim sum restaurant in Chinatown.

John Liu Has No Problem Being 'Embattled'