A LOT of national media comes out of New York City TV studio’s…
Why wouldn’t even the Rightwingnuts not take a swing at Big Apple Democrats?
The New York City Democratic mayoral primary is drawing unwanted attention from a place far outside city limits — MAGA country.
As eight candidates vie for the post being vacated by Mayor Bill de Blasio — a favorite punching bag for conservatives — right-wing media is showing its fascination with an election that, to many, will serve as a nationwide political referendum on the future of Democratic cities.
In the same breath they criticize liberals for “woke” identity politics, right-wingers are finding things to like about the two frontrunners — Andrew Yang and Eric Adams. Pundits like Tucker Carlson have expressed admiration for Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president and former police captain who has said he’ll carry alicensed firearm as mayor if faced with a credible threat. Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have voiced support for policies espoused by Yang, the former presidential candidate who became famous for his universal basic income proposal and has shown a libertarian streak.
These national-level incursions are having a tangible impact on what is technically a municipal race, with Adams forced to reply to Carlson’s praise with a harsh disavowal of the Fox News host, and the Yang campaign telling POLITICO they viewed Miller’s endorsement as sabotage. Yang himself dismissed the tweets from Miller and Cruz, saying “I would certainly never ask for or want their support.”
“Democrats themselves are saying Democrats have done a bad job in governing the city for the last eight years,” said Staten Island’s Joe Borelli, one of the few Republican City Council members. “So this is the first national spotlight on whether the electorate, even in a progressive city like New York, continues to go down this direction, or will they go with someone who’s a bit more moderate in their policing approach.”
The fact that the two leading Democrats in this deep blue city are compelled to push back against support from Republicans is a sign of the symbolic place New York City now holds in national politics….