Questions regarding how far the liberals should go on crime and police reform issues arise as a centrist candidate claims victory in the New York City mayoral primary.
Voters in liberal city exhibited their acceptance to messaging that stands firm with police reform calls with the projected win of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the crowded Democratic primary field.
Adam’s win followed President Biden’s crash on a slate of more progressive bets, who pushed for more comprehensive societal changes, in the 2020 presidential primary.
After the president’s nomination, liberals have continued to push a firm stance on averting funds from the police towards other programs against crime like mental health services.
Strategists, however, say that Democrats bidding for a seat elsewhere should learn from Adams, the self-declared “face of the new Democratic Party.”
“One has to be careful before they extrapolate on election results in one area of the country as kind of a wholesale course correction or wholesale case study,” Fernand Amandi, a Democratic pollster, said.
“But I think in this particular case,” he furthered, “Democrats would be wise to take away some lessons from what Eric Adams proved, which is that you can lean into rhetoric which is tough on crime, supportive of law enforcement, and still win a Democratic primary.”
Adams was expected to triumph in the primary last Tuesday following an unruly process. He won against Kathryn Garcia by about 1 percentage point, as reported by The Hill.
“You can have all the reforms you want. You can have a kinder, gentler police department. But if your streets are filled with guns and you’re dealing with a lot of violence, you are still going to have a lot of children being shot,” Adams, an ex-police captain who spent two decades in law enforcement, told New York magazine last April.