New York City Mayor Eric Adams and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are reportedly trying to position themselves as power brokers in Democrat state politics.
Adams has endorsed two longtime incumbent Democrats seeking reelection to the state assembly (i.e., the lower house) while Ocasio-Cortez is backing progressive-activist challengers to them in the June 28 primary.
“Political sources said Adams and AOC are engaged in a proxy war over who controls the state Legislature and New York City government — mainstream Democrats or socialists,” the New York Post reported. “Adams on Tuesday endorsed the re-election of Harlem Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, one of the first black lawmakers to call for changes to the bail law sought by the mayor in Albany.”
The nightlife-loving Adams has called for the catch-and-release law to be amended. Woke Democrats who run the state legislature have so far rebuffed Adams’ appeal to amend bail reform.
NY assemblyman says ‘nightlife mayor’ needs to ‘stop partying’ and focus on the job: ‘Crime is number one’ https://t.co/Mf2BTCTlfD
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 13, 2022
Fox News host Tucker Carlson refers to AOC as “Sandy from Westchester,” apparently as a way to call attention to the upscale suburban neighborhood where she grew up in contrast to the working-class Bronx-area district that she represents.
Ocasio-Cortez defeated 10-term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the June 2018 primary and went on to easily win the general election in the blue enclave.
Adams has also endorsed Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto in the contest between liberals and socialists.
“Mayor Adams said from the very beginning that he’s not a socialist. He’s a Democrat. We are Democrats! We are not socialists! AOC and the socialists are trying to take over New York,” Dickens, 72, told the Post.
Similarly, Benedetto claimed that “AOC is with my opponent. They support the same things like defunding the police. Mayor Adams is making a statement that he wants level-headed Democrats to move New York City ahead. I share the same values as Mayor Adams. We want good education and safe streets.”
Avowed pro-business Adams, a former NYPD captain, was elected mayor in November 2021 on a law-and-order platform. So far, however, he seems perhaps to be more interested in pursuing a celebrity lifestyle rather than effectively addressing street violence in the crime-ridden city.
Adams won the multi-candidate June 2021 Democrat primary (which essentially guaranteed his election in the general in overwhelmingly blue Gotham) over more far-left rivals.
A new poll claims that Adams’ approval rating, however, has collapsed to just 29 percent.
Attempting to exert some influence on a national scope, Ocasio-Cortez claimed Sunday on CNN that President Joe Biden is doing a very good job so far, but stopped short of endorsing him for reelection in 2024.
Biden has, for the most part, rubber-stamped the agenda of the far left.
AOC declares Biden ‘doing a very good job so far,’ but won’t commit to 2024 endorsement https://t.co/GhpW1clzb4
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 12, 2022
During the 2021 general election campaign, Adams lamented that the Democratic Socialists of America were “mobilizing” to stop him and also claimed that “We’ve allowed the term ‘being progressive’ to be hijacked by those who do not have a track record of putting in place real progressive changes. I am not going to surrender my progressive credentials.”
According to the DSA website, Ocasio-Cortez “is DSA’s foremost socialist superstar.”
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