Their estimates were widely mocked on social media Tuesday, with one post asking, 'How can you fix the city's housing crisis if you're this oblivious?'
New York Timeseditorial board member Mara Gay asked Donovan,"Do you happen to know what the median sales price for a home is in Brooklyn right now?""In Brooklyn, huh? I don't know for sure. I would guess it is around $100,000," Donovan responded.
"It's $900,000," Gay replied, prompting the mayoral candidate to question if that was just a"median home, including apartments?"Asking almost the identical question to McGuire, Gay said,"And just answer this to the best of your ability, obviously. What is the median sales price for a home or apartment in Brooklyn?"
"In Brooklyn, that number has gone up now. It depends on where in Brooklyn," McGuire replied."It's got to be somewhere in the $80,000 to $90,000 range, if not higher.Again pulling the rug out from underneath the Democratic hopeful's real estate estimation, Gay replied,"The median sales price for a home in Brooklyn is $900,000." headtopics.com
The founder of the political consulting firm Seneca Strategies, Monica Klein, joined others on social media blasting the seemingly aloof answers."How can you fix the city's housing crisis if you're this oblivious?" she tweeted Tuesday, highlighting both interview responses. City residents and political strategists alike noted that Donovan's answer is particularly troubling given that he served as HUD Secretary under former President
Barack Obamafrom 2009 to 2014.But others appeared to give Donovan's answer a pass because of a clarification later in the interview where he said he misunderstood the question initially."Mr. Donovan later emailed to say that his $100,000 answer referred to the assessed value of homes in Brooklyn," reads an editor's note on the story.
"I really don't think you can buy a house in Brooklyn today for that little," Donovan added.Newsweekreached out to the campaigns of both Donovan and McGuire Tuesday afternoon for additional remarks. Read more: Newsweek »
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