Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams declared his opposition to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist “movement” — which incorporates defunding the police and shuttering prisons — throughout a fundraiser co-hosted by a Republican member of the City Council, The Post has discovered.
A video recording of Adams’ speech exhibits him telling supporters that the battle he confronted wasn’t together with his political rivals within the Nov. 2 election, however with the Democratic Socialists of America.
“I’m no longer running against candidates. I’m running against a movement. All across the country, the DSA socialists are mobilizing to stop Eric Adams,” he stated.
“They realize that if I’m successful, we’re going to start the process of regaining control of our cities.”
The remarks sparked cheers and applause from attendees on the Monday night time occasion in Douglaston, Queens.
Although Adams — a former NYPD captain whose marketing campaign hinges on restoring public security — didn’t point out Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) by title, the DSA overtly acknowledges her as its “foremost socialist superstar.”
A page on its website — which exhibits Ocasio-Cortez marching with a raised fist — additionally says she “inspired up to 10,000 people to join” the nonprofit group.
Adams’ speech got here lower than two weeks after a information convention at which he stated he needed to reclaim the mantle of “being progressive” from Democrats who “hijacked” it however “do not have a track record of putting in place real progressive changes.”
On Monday, Adams — a former state senator and Brooklyn’s outgoing borough president — informed donors that he needed to transcend partisan politics and that he was looking for votes from New Yorkers no matter occasion affiliation.
“We’re not going to let parties get in the way of this party called New York City,” he stated.
“Those of you in the room who are Republicans, tell your Republican friends to vote for Eric Adams. Independents, Democrats…we are wearing the team jersey, ‘New York.’”
Adams additionally pledged to revive the town’s toughness and aggressive spirit following the lockdowns compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People have become soft. People don’t even want to go back to work,” he stated.
“This is a pivotal moment for us. If we don’t get our act together, China is going to show us how to run our country.”
And he stated the town had “surrendered” to crime, mayhem and ineffective authorities.
“You don’t believe you can go to Times Square and not have a 3 -year-old child shot. You don’t believe you take the subway system without having someone…with mental health crises, who did not get the services they deserve, shove you on the subway track,” he stated.
“You don’t believe you can go to the Department of Buildings and have a damn permit issued so you can open your restaurant.”
Adams added, to applause, “You don’t believe. But I’ll be damned — you’re going to start believing when I became the mayor of the city.”
Adams, who faces Republican candidate and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, additionally stated that he’s been dreaming of main the town since he was a cop within the Nineties.
“I went to Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch at the time. I said, `I can turn around this city,’” he recalled.
“I knew I put myself on the right path while I wore a bullet-proof vest protecting the children and families of this city. I crafted a plan to become the chief executive.”
Monday’s poolside fundraiser passed off on the house of developer Carl Mattone and was co-hosted by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens), lobbyist William Driscoll and architect Gerry Caliendo.
Urlich is ready to co-host one other fundraiser for Adams on Aug. 8 on the Russo’s on the Bay catering corridor in Queens.
In an interview, Ulrich predicted that Adams would “be a great mayor” and essentially the most charismatic because the late Mayor Ed Koch, who served three phrases, from 1978 to 1989, and was famed for asking New Yorkers, “How’m I doin’?”
“I’ve been a fan of Eric Adams for a long time. He’s going to be a great mayor,” Ulrich stated.
“Eric is a common sense man. Other candidates ran for mayor. He needs to be mayor. He needs to be a larger-than-life mayor.
Neither Ocasio-Cortez nor the DSA instantly returned requests for remark.