Adams and AOC Democratic Civil War rages on in fight against Brooklyn Assembly

The proxy war between Mayor Eric Adams and left-wing socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for control of New York’s Democratic Party turned Monday to Brooklyn’s 60th Assembly District.

In the latest iteration of the Democratic Party’s infighting, Adams took a “walking tour” with incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Nikki Lucas on the third day of early voting for the June 28 primary in the district that includes East New York, Brownsville and Canarsie.

Lucas takes on southpaw Keron Alleyne, who is backed by the AOC, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Working Families Party, and MP-turned-Counsellor Charles Barron.

Lucas defeated Alleyne in a special election in February for the seat Barron vacated.

“We’ve got your back Keron Alleyne”, AOC tweeted recently.

    U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks on the ban on stock trading for members of Congress during a press conference on Capitol Hill, April 07, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently tweeted, “We’ve got your back Keron Alleyne.”
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“Thank you again @AOC for your continued support and for amplifying this campaign! Always a pleasure to be in spaces filled with organizers who are ready to fight for working class New Yorkers first: #Keron4Assembly #KeronisRunning”, the insurgent replied.

Adams first endorsed Lucas before winning the special election in February.

“I am humbled and honored to receive Mayor Eric Adams’ endorsement. We both care deeply about the issues that impact our community,” Lucas then tweeted.

Nikki Lucas
Congresswoman Nikki Lucas defeated Alleyne in a special election for the Brooklyn seat in February.
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Keron Alleyne
Keron Alleyne is also supported by the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party.
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Ocasio-Cortez backs a slate of 13 DSAs that defund police candidates running for state legislative seats, including insurgents seeking to unseat entrenched incumbents backed by Adams and the Democratic Party. She also backs a slew of candidates backed by the left-leaning Working Families Party, with a lot of overlap between the two lists.

Last week, Adams took part in a June 19 event with Bronx Assembly veteran Michael Benedetto, who faces a primary challenge from former Ocasio-Cortez staffer Jonathan Soto. AOC endorsed Soto.

Hizzoner also endorsed the re-election of Assemblyman Harlem Inez Dickens, who faces a challenge from AOC-backed rival Delsenia Glover. Like Adams, Dickens supported fixes to the state’s cashless bail law.

Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto speaks at an event.
Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto has Adams’ backing in his battle against AOC-endorsed Jonathan Soto.
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Adams’ campaign adviser Evan Thies confirmed the mayor visited the district with Lucas on Monday and approved her.

The Lucas event was first listed on Adams’ official public calendar, but was later removed, possibly over fears it would be seen as a pro-Lucas campaign event instead of a government event. of the town hall.

Meanwhile, Lucas received last-minute donations from funders of the charter school movement, according to state Board of Election filings: $4,700 from the two pro-Charter Democrats for the education reform and hedge fund honcho John Petry, who serves as a trustee on the board of the Success Academy network.

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