He's a veteran Democratic office holder who registered as a Republican in the late 1990s. He's a junk food lover who turned vegan. He's an insider with an outsider's sense of grievance.
But Eric Adams, who first gained fame as a critic of the police department he served in, likes to complicate his moderate image by stressing his working-class origins and rabble-rousing history.
And despite his promises to bring a pro-business approach to City Hall, a strategy some of his progressive political New York City contemporaries have shunned, he insists he's a liberal.
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Eric Adams, the Democratic candidate for New York mayor, speaks during an interview at a Brooklyn diner, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in New York. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan He's a veteran Democratic office holder who registered as a Republican in the late 1990s. He's a junk food lover who turned [...]