New York City’s new pro-Bitcoin mayor Eric Adams has been accused of a “concerning” attitude toward progressives just weeks after being sworn into office, reports Politico.
Adams — himself a Democrat — has laid out a number of controversial policies since taking his position on January 1. These include increasing real estate development and opposing remote learning during COVID-19.
Not to mention, Adams is keen for more police on streets amid a spike in gun violence; taking a no-nonsense approach to fighting crime.
He’s also vowed to reverse a ban on solitary confinement in Riker’s Island jail.
The new mayor, who said in November that he’d take his first three paychecks in Bitcoin, even had a run-in with fellow Democrat and congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
This was after Adams referred to cooks and employees of Dunkin’ Donuts as “low-skill workers.”
Bitcoin mayor’s police links make some Dems uneasy
The thing is, Adams needs backing of council members — both Democrat and Republican — if he hopes to see many of his policies come to fruition.
However, many far-left Democrats aren’t sold on Adams. Stanley Fritz, political and campaigns director for left-leaning non-profit Citizen Action of New York told Politico:
“He was not my first pick. I have serious concerns about how close he is with the police department and [Police Benevolent Association] president Pat Lynch who is, best-case scenario, not very friendly to Black and brown people and, worst-case scenario, a full-blown white supremacist.”
“Having said that, I want to see him succeed because if he does well, the city does well. But his general attitude toward progressives is concerning.”
For what it’s worth, Adams has justified his hardline approach by harking back to his time as a New York City cop.
“I wore a bulletproof vest for 22 years and protected the people of this city,” he said back in December (via City and State NY).
“And when you do that, then you have the right to question me on safety and public safety matters,” added Adams, our emphasis).
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