New York City voters recently went to the polls to elect their next mayor, and it appears that former NYPD Captain Eric Adams came out on top.
The result of the Democratic mayoral primary race might be seen as a rejection of the progressive brand of so-called “woke” politics, with the relatively moderate Adams defeating far-left candidates like Maya Wiley.
AOC’s endorsement rings hollow
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) endorsed Wiley, a liberal lawyer who previously worked for Mayor Bill de Blasio. The candidate surged after receiving the endorsement but failed to advance to the final round in the city’s ranked-choice election.
For his part, Adams ran a much different campaign than many of his more progressive rivals, including a platform that sounded tough on crime by modern Democratic Party standards.
Ocasio-Cortez represents a district that covers parts of the Bronx and Queens. Although Wiley performed well in parts of Queens, she struggled outside of the areas of the city outside of that district.
Wiley’s third-place finish appears to show the limitations of far-left politics even in New York City and despite the amount of media exposure granted to Ocasio-Cortez and other prominent progressives.
Of course, Adams’ prior profession likely had something to do with his popularity in this race. The city has seen a troubling spike in crime recently and voters ranked it as among their top concerns in this election.
Sign of the times
Wiley, on the other hand, ran on a platform that included reducing NYPD funding by $1 billion.
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the public reaction to the crime wave sweeping America as “hysteria” and said that the elevated murder rate should be considered in “context.”
Voters were apparently not convinced by the far-left narrative, however. Though wildly popular among her core base, it seems clear that Ocasio-Cortez and her political beliefs have their limits — even in deep-blue New York.
On a national scale, the mayoral race might signal a trend for Democrats ahead of next year’s midterm elections. With voters giving President Joe Biden poor marks on crime, Adams might represent a reason for progressives across the U.S. to be concerned.