New York City Mayor Eric Adams has reportedly been dropped from President Biden’s 2024 campaign advisory board amid tensions between the two leaders.
According to Axios, Adams being dropped from the board occurred before the board was announced last week, with the outlet calling it a "new low in relations between President Biden and the mayor, who was set to be a key surrogate for the campaign."
Adams has publicly called out the Biden administration over crime and illegal immigration, both of which have rocked the Big Apple.
The move is part of a potential crisis the campaign is facing, as many Democrat officials at the state and city level quietly agree with Adams, and are happy he’s taking the brunt of the backlash on their behalf, according to Axios.
These leaders are reportedly running out of patience with the administration, especially over a lack of financial support or solutions in dealing with the flood of illegal immigration that has plagued the Biden administration.
One senior official in a Democrat-led state told the outlet that the White House has been too defensive in regard to Adams’ critiques, saying, "Adams is right to be upset, and I think it’s a massive mistake to be dismissive of him."
One person familiar with the relationship between the two equated it to a couple who is fighting and doesn’t want to hold hands in public.
In April, Adams called out the White House for failing the city of New York in its handling of the surge of migrants crossing the southern border. Thousands of illegal immigrants bussed by Republican governors have arrived in the city, with Adams last week suspending the city’s right-to-shelter rules.
"The president and the White House have failed this city,” Adams said in April.
According to Axios, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, BIden’s incoming campaign manager, has been the White House’s point person on the relationship with Adams as it has deterioated.
People familiar with her comments said that she has, in private, expressed frustrations to her colleagues about Adams’ public critiques of the administration.
"Of course calls in which electeds you admire criticize the administration can be frustrating, but she’s a pro who always deals with it respectfully and constructively," a White House colleague told the outlet when presented with the reporting.
Top Democrats are reportedly attempting to repair the relationship between the two, believing that Adams continuing to critique the presdient throughout the campaign would be a boon to the Republicans.
"I'm trying to get them to sort it out," Rev. Al Sharpton told Axios. "I would hope [the White House] sees the value of Eric, the mayor of the largest city, a Black mayor, not all the way left, not all the way right," Sharpton added, noting that Adams would also benefit from a healthy relationship with the White House.
Adams told reporters last week, after the Biden campaign left him off their surrogates list, "I don't know what their plans are, but let's be clear, Biden is my guy. I want Biden to be the next president, be re-elected."
Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz told Axios: "President Biden counts Mayor Adams as a friend and partner. He looks forward to working with the mayor on issues impacting New Yorkers and to win the presidency again in 2024."
One Adams administration official added: "The mayor compartmentalizes things, and that’s what’s going on here. He thinks the president is doing a really good job and will strongly support him in any way he can, but he is upset about the way he is handling the asylum-seeker crisis."
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