Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hinted that she was not thrilled with the Democratic mayoral candidates and that she might not participate in the race.
Following a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, the left-wing fire mark said they would certainly focus on approvals in major city council contests, but look cute in the mayoral race .
“We are looking to engage on [the] city level in city council races early enough, ”Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.
The congressman noted, with a chuckle, that this was her “official congressional town hall” meeting and did not want to delve deeply into political campaigns.
Still, it would be a revealing statement if AOC, a Democratic socialist and emerging leader of the left wing of the party who hesitated over like-minded candidates in states across the country, remained neutral in the New York mayoral race. .
The mayor of Big Apple – the country’s largest city – is arguably the most influential urban leader in the country.
Sources said city comptroller Scott Stringer had a shot at getting AOC approved – but that was before a former campaign aide accused him of sexual misconduct. Stringer denied the wrongdoing, but the allegation triggered the withdrawal of support from progressive lawmakers in the state whose districts straddle the Congressional District of Ocasio-Cortez as well as political clubs.
Two of the top mayoral candidates – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and entrepreneur Andrew Yang – may be too moderate for AOC’s tastes. Both are more pro-law enforcement – and unlike AOC – oppose police “defunding”.
Ocasio-Cortez asserted that increasing the police presence in neighborhoods does not reduce crime without addressing the root causes.
“I think we have to put an end to this reflex or rather this very impulsive reflex of just saying: ‘Where there is crime, add the police. … We know it doesn’t work, ”she said.
“If the gut reaction whenever someone sees a high incidence of crime is to pour money into law enforcement, I really wonder how much this person has really looked at the data and thought about this problem. and how complete his answer is. ”
Other candidates more ideologically aligned with AOC – Dianne Morales and Maya Wiley – did not catch fire.
Ocasio-Cortez’s support could boost a candidate.
A survey commissioned by hospitality workers for Strong PAC Communities found that the AOC has a 74% favorability rate among the city’s Democrats.
Two-thirds of the Dems had a “very favorable” opinion of the deputy.
In other areas, Ocasio-Cortez said that unlike her New York Democratic colleagues in the House, she only supports a partial repeal of the $ 10,000 cap on local and state tax write-offs. on federal income tax returns.
She said working-class and middle-class New Yorkers should be exempt from the cap – but not the super rich.
“Let’s keep [the SALT cap] for the super, super rich who don’t pay enough tax to get started, ”she said.
“Let’s fix it for people like you and other homeowners in our neighborhood,” she said.