In the tip, it seems the individuals of Buffalo aren’t prepared for a socialist mayor. Tuesday evening, self-described “proud” democratic socialist India Walton was defeated within the mayoral race by write-in candidate Byron Brown, whom Walton defeated within the Democratic major.
This wasn’t simply any write-in candidate. Brown has been the mayor of Buffalo since 2006.
Walton, who acquired big help from fellow socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chuck Schumer, who endorsed her for the place, ran from “defund the police” as soon as she received the Democratic major after saying in 2020 that she would “absolutely” put it on her platform.
By June of this 12 months, Walton, who led Black Lives Matter rallies in Buffalo after the killing of George Floyd, was claiming to the Buffalo News that “defunding” the police “is not a thing.” She began claiming that there can be “reinvesting in communities” and that authorities can be placing cash in “places that we know naturally reduce crime” whereas pointing to jobs and reasonably priced housing.
“Today’s election was not just a referendum on the City of Buffalo. It was a referendum on the future of our democracy,” Brown mentioned Tuesday evening.
Question 2 to abolish the police dept in Minneapolis? Soundly rejected. India Walton operating to abolish the police in Buffalo, NY? Soundly defeated. Maybe these concepts work for wealthy leftists who’ve lived in a bubble of security and privilege, however not in the true world.
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) November 3, 2021
It wasn’t simply the “defund the police” factor that Walton discovered herself spinning as soon as the strain of November 2 began to mount. Local TV stations additionally got here after her for issues like alleged welfare fraud and unpaid taxes. She additionally discovered herself apologizing for calling a fellow politician a “tender dick white man” when her earlier “defund” phrases have been thrown again at her.
By the tip of election evening, it was clear that Buffalo wasn’t able to dip its toes into the socialist waters. Instead, they determined it was time to offer Byron Brown a fifth time period.
87% of precincts in Buffalo are reporting and the write-in candidate has a ten,000 vote lead on India Walton. The majority of these are presumably for Mayor Byron Brown. pic.twitter.com/miRaqKS4Rn
— WBEN NewsRadio 930AM (@WBEN) November 3, 2021