New York City Mayor Eric Adams may explore a run for president if Joe Biden does not seek re-election. According to the New York Post, a person close to Adams stated, “Eric has told me repeatedly that he thinks that he has a platform to run for national office, for president in 2024. He has said that repeatedly. He thinks New York is a national platform. He thinks the national party has gotten too far to the left, and he thinks he has a platform to win.”
An elected Democrat in Brooklyn who is reportedly close to the mayor claimed that Adams was “considering a White House run in 2024 if Biden doesn’t seek re-election” and that Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis-Martin was “running point” on the exploration. Adams’ interest in running for president is apparently due to increased talk that Biden, who is currently 79 years old, may not seek re-election, despite pledging to run again.
A Republican lawmaker said Adams might be a good presidential contender if he succeeds in reducing New York’s out-of-control crime. He explained, “you really have to consider that you are young enough where you will have a life after the mayoralty and if you solve the crime problem there would be a lot of interest in a big city Democrat, African American with progressive values but who mediated the crime problem in a major city.” Adams’ “Big Apple Agenda” has put him at odds with many progressive Democrats, as he ran for mayor as a pro-police candidate, threatened to repeal state bail reform, and positioned himself as opposed to the socialist wing’s growing influence.
If Adams seeks the Democratic Party’s presidential candidacy, he would join a long line of New York mayors who have run for president, including the three most recent mayors of the city, Bill de Blasio, Michael Bloomberg, and Rudy Giuliani. Chris Coffey, of political consulting firm Tusk Strategies, said, “[Adams] is one of the best-known black elected officials in the country. The play works if Adams makes progress on crime and the president decides not to run. I think he would [be] crazy not to consider it.”