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Even two decades later, not a single New York City Council, state Legislature or congressional district is majority-Asian.

“He is carefully nurturing an image as an ‘Asian American,’” City Limits wrote as the 2001 City Council election loomed.

“But he won’t win because he is Asian American – it’s not as if people will wake up and say it’s time to elect an Asian American.

“Italians for Liu,” “Women for Liu,” “Brooklyn for Liu,” “Korean Seniors for Liu” – these were the voters who had lifted Liu to the comptroller’s office four years before.

“One of the knocks on him, for as long as I can remember, going back to when he was in the City Council, was that John Liu is about John Liu,” said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

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