Last week, Warren Chan, former transition team member for Democratic New York City Councilman Justin Brannan, made headlines for a FaceBook comment he left on Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou’s page.
Chan’s comment received heavy criticism, and he was subsequently dismissed from Brannan’s transition team due to the backlash. “Warren’s comments are reprehensible and vile,” said Brannan. “We have removed him from the transition committee effective immediately.”
In a statement emailed to NextShark, Chan expressed interest in sharing his side of the incident and explained what prompted him to leave the comment on Niou’s page.
“First, I want to apologize to everyone that was offended by the profanity in my recent social media comment. The message I was trying to convey is that I feel our Asian elected officials do more for the Black community than the Asian community.
“Regarding to Niou’s facebook issue. Profanity is definitely wrong and again I want to apologize for my profanity. If a normal person received a profanity post in their facebook, they only thing they can do is to report the profanity to facebook’s moderator and there is nothing else they can do. However, Assemblywoman Niou is an elected official. She feels she is entitled to special treatment. Instead of just reporting a profanity to facebook moderator, Assemblywoman Niou decided to use her elected official’s power and connection to escalate this into an EPIC media outrage. She decides to call every reporter in her phonebook which she gotten from being an elected official to further her personal retaliation. She even further abuses her political power by politically pressuring a newly-elected official Justin Brannan to punish me. A normal person definitely would not have such privilege.
“Does this person deserve special power? A simple profanity can drive Assemblywoman Niou into such outrage just proof Niou has very low EQ. A low EQ person shouldn’t be allow to wield such a high level of political power. I urge the voters in the 65th Assembly district in the coming 2018 election to reconsider should a low EQ ‘Tyrant’ like her should continue to wield important political power.
“Again, I’m deeply sorry for my profanity social media post. However, councilman-elected Justin Brannan is innocent and has absolutely nothing to do with this. But he has taken a lot of heat from this media outrage because Assemblywoman Niou use her political power to drag Justin into this.
“I’m here to call on Assemblywoman Niou to apologize to Councilman-elected Justin Brannan for dragging him into this PR mess.”
He also released his statement in Chinese:
Chan is the founder of the Chinese Political Club of Brooklyn and, as of 2016, the executive director of the Asian Community United Society, according to Bklyner.
Featured Image via FaceBook / (Left): Warren Chan | (Right): Yuh-Line Niou