More On: Eric Adams
As the proxy war between AOC and Mayor Eric Adams goes on, AOC criticizes the increase in police funding
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to fight against the mainstream wing of her own party before the New York primaries this month. In a Wednesday evening tweet, she blasted lawmakers who support more money for the police.
The congresswoman's message came as Mayor Eric Adams campaigned for veteran Albany Democrats who are being challenged in the Democratic primary by a group of progressive candidates backed by the congresswoman from the Bronx and Queens.
"It's sad that so many leaders are so set on putting down advocates that they won't even consider the idea that maybe giving up on youth jobs, school funding, housing, and stopping community violence to increase already-huge police budgets makes us less safe," wrote Ocasio-Cortez.
The 32-year-old lawmaker became well-known after she upset a Queens party boss. Now, she has joined forces with the Working Families Party, which has some ties to her Democratic Socialists of America, to replace seven incumbents who are close to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie with "working-class" candidates from the left.
Adams has been helping some of the targeted candidates, like Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and Harlem Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, with their campaigns in the days leading up to their races on June 28.
Sources in the political world say that Adams and Ocasio-Cortez are fighting a proxy war to decide whether or not socialists or mainstream Democrats will run Albany and City Hall.
“We are Democrats! We are not socialists!,” Dickens said emphatically at a Tuesday rally with the mayor. “AOC and the socialists are trying to take over New York.”
The WFP has asked its candidates not to take money from law enforcement unions and not to change the state's controversial bail reform laws, which critics on both sides of the aisle have called "soft on crime."
In this year's city budget, most of the money for the NYPD stayed the same, even though Adam wanted to spend a lot more on police work.