With federal investigators swarming his campaign operation, the city comptroller downplayed Wednesday’s arrest of Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan as merely an “unexpected challenge.”
“I want to run for the highest office in New York City,” Liu told 80 supporters at the Amber steakhouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, hours after Pan was arraigned on two federal wire-fraud charges for allegedly funneling thousands of dollars to Liu’s campaign war chest.
Liu’s declaration, ironically made at a fund-raiser, was reported in the Chinese-language World Journal.
“Of course, there will be many challenges, some expected, some unexpected, on the election road,” the comptroller said.
“I am very sad one of my supporters was arrested, and if the allegations are true, his behavior was wrong.”