New York Post

AOC’s Dem fights heat up vs. Adams


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

In the latest iteration of Democratic Party infighting, Adams conducted a “walking tour” with Democratic incumbent Assemblywo­man 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 is facing off against lefty Keron Alleyne, who is backed by AOC, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Working Families Party and assemblyma­n-turnedcoun­cilman Charles Barron.

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

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

“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 responded.

Adams first endorsed Lucas before she won the special election in February.

“I am honored & humbled to receive the endorsemen­t of Mayor Eric Adams.

“We both care deeply about issues that impact our community,” Lucas tweeted then.

Slate of candidates

Ocasio-Cortez is supporting a slate of 13 DSA defund-the-police candidates running for state legislativ­e seats, including insurgents seeking to topple entrenched incumbents backed by Adams and the Democratic Party. She also is backing a slew of candidates supported by the left-leaning Working Families Party, with much overlap between the two slates.

Last week, Adams appeared at a Juneteenth event with veteran Bronx Assemblyma­n Michael Benedetto, who faces a primary challenge from former OcasioCort­ez staffer Jonathan Soto. AOC has endorsed Soto.

Hizzoner also endorsed the reelection of Harlem Assemblywo­man Inez Dickens, who is facing a challenge from AOC-backed rival Delsenia Glover. Like Adams, Dickens supported fixes to the state’s no-cash bail law.

The Lucas event was initially put on Adams’ official public schedule but then removed, perhaps out of concern that it would be perceived as a pro-Lucas campaign event instead of a City Hall government­al event.

 ?? ?? LEFT FLANK: Mayor Adams is campaignin­g for a Dem incumbent in an East New York Assembly race, but AOC backs a DSA rival.
LEFT FLANK: Mayor Adams is campaignin­g for a Dem incumbent in an East New York Assembly race, but AOC backs a DSA rival.

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