Thursday, January 20

Adams leads polls broadly, but Sliwa won’t give up: first New York mayoral debate

Curtis Sliwa, Republican candidate for mayor of NYC, August 2021.

Photo: Fernando Martínez / Impremedia

With a 7-1 voter ratio in favor of Democrats in NYC, Eric Adams is virtually assured of the mayoralty of the nation’s largest city in the Nov. 2 elections, but Republican Curtis Sliwa is not giving up.

Last night during the first debate between both candidates, both maintained the traditional discourse and each did what it should do in a campaign that looks almost a formality: Adams leads the polls by far and ignored Sliwa, who as a good challenger sought the spotlight.

Adams, a former NYPD, former state senator and current Brooklyn Borough President, was accused by Sliwa of being a “teammate” of the unpopular outgoing Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio. While Adams called his opponent – founder of “Guardian Angels” – a fabulist who engaged in “antics.”

“This must have been the most boring debate in history “complained Stu Loeser, who served as one of the top communications staff for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Democratic mayoral pre-nominee Ray McGuire.

Sliwa labeled Adams as a “teammate,” “partner,” and “ally” of De Blasio. “Adams will be from Blasio 2.0.”, Commented a post-debate email sent by the Republican candidate’s campaign, noted New York Post.

During the one-hour event broadcast by NBC, Sliwa noted that Adams had recently suggested that he could keep the current head of the agency for homeless services (DHS), Steven Banks, in office, despite the homeless crisis facing the city.

“How about we do something new and stop trusting these politicians like De Blasio and Eric Adams that they are a tag team in this, like others before them (…) I don’t trust politicians. Let the people decide, ”suggested Sliwa, a volunteer crime prevention activist.

The comments came after De Blasio, during his remote press conference yesterday morning, praised Adams and said they are in frequent contact.

Adams did not take the bait, repeatedly refusing to respond to Sliwa’s blows. “No, I’m talking to New Yorkers, not buffoonery,” he said at one point.

The couple of hopefuls to the City Council will face in a second debate next Tuesday 26, one week before the November 2 elections. In the meantime, the early voting period from October 23 to 31.

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