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Democrats’ future rests on Eric Adams: Goodwin

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27.06.2021

With his declaration that “I am the face of the Democratic Party” and vow that “I am going to show America how to run a city,” Eric Adams is putting bold markers on the future, and not just his own. He is right that solving New York’s crime problem would lift his party’s fortunes — but the reverse is true, too.

A failure by Adams could usher in the end of the Dems’ dominance in urban America.

That the stakes are so high even before Adams secures his party’s nomination for mayor and wins the general election illustrates how murder and mayhem have rocketed to the top of voters’ concerns.

A year ago, Joe Biden accepted the nomination for president at a virtual convention where the rioting and looting in American cities was barely mentioned.

Just last week, Biden finally addressed the raging violence by saying crime-ravaged cities could use their COVID-relief money to hire more cops. That’s certainly a switch from a president who fueled the anti-police movement by repeatedly calling law enforcement and the criminal-justice process “systemically racist.”

That phrase was thankfully absent when Biden spoke Thursday. He will shelve it for good if he really wants public safety as well as police reform.

To be sure, race and policing are linked at the hip, and because Adams lives on both sides of the combustible issue, his mayoralty would have a special resonance. A former captain in the NYPD, he said he was brutalized by police as a teenager and, while on the force, was a constant critic.

One result of that history is widespread skepticism among many police veterans and other New Yorkers about his crime-fighting commitment.

At the same time, his experiences added to his credibility among many nonwhite voters who suffer from high crime but are not always enamored of the police response.

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