Schumer backs Buffalo Democratic Socialist’s mayoral race
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB/ AP) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer endorses Democratic Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton. In a Tweeter On Thursday evening, Senator Schumer said he supported Walton because she was “a community leader, nurse and mother with a clear progressive vision for her hometown.”
He added that he looks forward to working with Walton and working to bring federal resources to Buffalo and western New York State.
As Buffalo voters start going to the polls this weekend, I urge them to vote for India Walton as the next mayor of Buffalo. India is an inspiring community leader, mother, nurse and longtime Buffalonian with a clear progressive vision for her hometown.
India Walton won the Democratic Fair primary and is the candidate, and I have always believed that the Democratic Party is a big tent and is the strongest and most capable of building national majorities and bringing about meaningful change, when it’s inclusive – that’s exactly how the Democratic Senate caucus is structured. Throughout my career I have worked long, hard and diligently to bring federal resources to Western New York State and look forward to doing so with India Walton for the good of the people. from Buffalo.
Walton, a black woman and socialist community activist, responded in a Tweeter saying she is honored to receive the approval and will work with Schumer to “build the safe and healthy Buffalo we all need and deserve.”
In response to Schumer’s endorsement, the Brown for Buffalo campaign – representing incumbent Byron Brown, who lost to Walton in the Democratic primaries and launched a written campaign with an apparent wave of right-wing support – said: ” The only endorsement that really matters in this race comes from voters in the City of Buffalo. In June, Walton defeated the mayor of Buffalo to four terms, which saw her potentially become the first woman to rule Buffalo, New York’s second largest city.
Earlier this week, the New York Democrats’ president called for the resignation of members of his own party after invoking the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader while explaining why he had not backed Walton. State Jay Jacobs, who is white, apologized Monday night for his comments comparing the Democratic candidate for mayor of Buffalo to David Duke.
“My statement today on the Buffalo mayoral race clearly caused an uproar that I had no intention of making,” Jacobs said in a statement released by the party. For his part, Walton tweeted a response:
Jacobs had told a reporter that it was not necessary for the president to endorse the Democratic candidate and suggested a hypothetical, “very different” scenario in which former KKK chief David Duke would move to New York, would become Democrat and run for mayor of Rochester.
“Do I have to approve David Duke?” I do not think so. Now of course India Walton is not in the same category but that’s right, that just brings you to this question: is it a must? It’s not a must, ”said Jacobs. “It’s something you choose to do. That’s why it’s an approval.
Jacobs said in his apology statement hours later that he was “using an extreme example” but that was wrong. “I should have used a different example, and for that, I apologize.” Jacobs said he maintains his view that party leaders don’t have to approve every member of their party.
Schumer, Governor Kathy Hochul, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other New York Democrats condemned the comments. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Representative Jamal Bowman, as well as State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Democrats who represent parts of Queens, Bronx and Westchester County, issued statements calling for Jacobs to step down .
Biaggi, in a Tweet, said Jacobs should step down, calling his statement “outrageously racist.”
“It makes no sense to equate India Walton, a black woman, with David Duke, someone who supports the legacy of lynching blacks and raping black women. It is the malignant narcissism of far too many white men. Jay Jacobs must resign or be removed from office, ”Bowman said.
Hochul described Jacobs’ comments as disturbing and hurtful, but did not ask for his resignation. “I asked him to apologize. I think he apologized. And I am ready to assess the situation in the future, ”the governor said during a press briefing on Tuesday. She supported neither Walton nor Brown, but shared the enthusiasm of working with the election winner.