Is Buffalo about to elect a socialist mayor?

Here are two fun facts about Buffalo you may not know:

1. Buffalo is the second largest city in New Yorkbehind only New York City.
2. Buffalo is on the verge of electing the first socialist mayor of a major US city since 1960.
    India Walton, a self proclaimed democratic socialist, is the candidate who could make that history on Tuesday as Buffalo voters head to the polls to decide who they want running their city for the next four years.
      Walton already appeared to all-but-win the job over the summer when she beat four-term incumbent Byron Brown in a Democratic primary.

        一般, that would ensure Walton a victory in the fall general election given the city’s clear Democratic tilt. But Brown refused go away quietly. He first tried to get his name added to the general election ballot as an independent. 然后, when that effort failed, he announced that he would run as a write-in candidate this falladopting the sloganWrite Down Byron Brown.
        The stakes are dire and extreme if she was to get elected,” 棕色 told CNN last month. “She would take our city horribly back. She would compromise our public safety. She would raise our taxes. She would attack other elected officials up and down the ballot. It would be a nightmare for every person in our community.
          The fight in Buffalo mirrors the broader fight within the Democratic Party playing out in the Empire State and nationally.
          在纽约, 政府. 凯西·霍赫尔 (d) has established a moderate record during her time in Congress and in her stint as lieutenant governor. 的 入口 of state Attorney General Letitia James into the gubernatorial primary last week means that Democratic voters in the state will be forced to choose between a more centrist and more liberal worldview.
          全国范围, the party’s ideological divide is on full display as liberals and moderates vie for control of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda in Congress.
          西弗吉尼亚州参议员. Joe Manchin struck the latest blow on Monday, demanding that liberals in the House pass the President’s $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package without any guarantees about whether he will ultimately support the $ 1.75 trillion social safety net measure being pushed by progressives. “It is time to vote on the (bipartisan infrastructure) 法案, up or down,” said Manchin. “Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill.
          Manchin’s statement was met with resistance from the likes of Missouri Rep. 科里·布什, one of the leading liberals in Congress. “Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act is anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant,” 布什在声明中说.Joe Manchin does not get to dictate the future of our country.
          The current standoff between moderates and liberals echoes the dominant dynamic of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary where then former Vice President Joe Biden defeated liberal Sen. 伯尼·桑德斯 (佛蒙特) for the party’s nod.
            While liberals have scored some recent victoriesBush’s defeat of Rep. Lacy Clay being one of the most prominent — 桑德斯’ defeat against Biden as well as the primary victory of moderate Eric Adams in the New York City’s mayoral race has raised questions within the party about liberalsability to win high-profile elections.
            Walton represents the best chance for progressives to push back on that narrative. 和, if she beats Brown (再次) 在星期二晚上, she will become the first socialist mayor of a major city since Frank Zeidler, who left office as mayor of Milwaukee in 1960.

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