The midterm elections are less than six months away and, as the Democrats are bracing to be wiped out by Republican opponents, the conversation will soon be shifting toward the continued viability of President Joe Biden as head of the party. Whether he steps aside or is usurped through infighting remains in question, but rumblings of a potential challenger for 2024 have emerged from the Big Apple.
Name ID remains one of the driving factors behind electability in American politics and, though he has only been in office since January, NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) taken numerous measures to get recognized on the national stage. As such, the former state senator and Brooklyn borough president is believed to be seeking the highest rung on the ladder as he continues his ascent.
Sources close to hizzoner have expressed the mayor’s interests in White House are more than just rumors, the New York Post reported on Saturday. “Eric has told me repeatedly that he thinks that he has a platform to run for national office, for president in 2024,” an individual close to the mayor stated.
“He has said that repeatedly,” the report continued. “He thinks New York is a national platform. He thinks the national party has gotten too far to the left and he thinks he has a platform to win.”
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Adams has routinely postured himself as tough on crime and has made efforts to realign Democrats as the pro-policing party while accusing Republicans of absconding with that stance. “They have allowed Rudy Giuliani to hijack something that the overwhelming number of people of color want,” he told Anderson Cooper of the former mayor’s successes in combating crime in NYC.
“They will tell you, ‘We want our police. We don’t want our police to be abusive.’ And that is the balance that I know we can do in this – in this city,” he went on.
An elected Democrat from Brooklyn added credence the rumors, but clarified that Adams wasn’t looking to challenge Biden and was only, “considering a White House run in 2024 if Biden doesn’t seek re-election.”
An anonymous Republican lawmaker was also cited as having had conversations with Adams on the subject noting, “I said you really have to consider that you are young enough where you will have a life after the mayoralty and if you solve the crime problem there would be a lot of interest in a big city Democrat, African American with progressive values but who mediated the crime problem in a major city.”
So far, the mayor’s measures have appeared more as PR moves than proactive steps to reduce crime as nearly all metrics continue to see stark increases over 2021 with grand larceny and robbery among the worst, up over 53 and 42 percent respectively. Meanwhile, the mayor’s jet-setting lifestyle, hobnobbing with celebrities, present him as being more interested in gaining favor than addressing the city’s needs and growing disapproval reflects that.
Evan Thies, a New York based public relations consultant, told Business Insider any claims that Adams is focused beyond his current role are “one-hundred percent false” and added, “There’s a difference between gossip and news–and the truth is that the mayor is completely focused on bringing New York City back by lowering crime, growing our economy and reversing inequality.”
For his part, Adams expressed something similar to The Post, albeit in a way that didn’t discredit where his aspirations may lie, “That’s a silly, silly story. I never had a conversation about that and I love being mayor, and you can run the country from New York City. I’m the mayor. That’s all I’m focused on.”
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