(UnitedVoice.com) – In April, President Joe Biden ended months of speculation and officially announced that he and Vice President Kamala Harris are running for reelection. Former President Donald Trump is currently the frontrunner of the Republican field, meaning the election could be a repeat of 2020.
Biden is going to have to be at the top of his game to win reelection, especially given how close the last election was. To help him out, he has added some heavy hitters to his campaign’s national advisory board. However, one Democrat is noticeably absent from the new group.
New Advisory Board
On May 9, Biden released a video highlighting the members of his reelection advisory board. The president said they are joining his “team to help get [the] message out across the country.”
We have a few new folks joining the team to help get our message out across the country. You’ll be hearing a lot more from them soon — let’s finish the job! pic.twitter.com/XXmIDsKkFv
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 10, 2023
The video included Biden’s 2020 primary rivals, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Booker (D-NJ). In total, there are 50 officials on the advisory board, and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will serve as the chairwoman. Each member of the group will reportedly reach out to their own donor networks to try to rally them behind the president. They are also going to go into communities and meet with the voters to convince them to reelect Biden.
Kevin Munoz, a campaign spokesperson, told the Associated Press that the party is lucky to have “an incredible slate of passionate and compelling leaders” who are standing behind the current leaders.
Where’s Mayor Adams?
Though the campaign advisory board has officials on it from all over the country, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) was not included. The president’s team reportedly decided to drop the city leader as a national surrogate after he criticized the White House for the failures at the Southern border.
In April, the mayor held a press conference and said the Biden Administration has “failed New York City on [the] issue” of immigration. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has bused thousands of migrants to the Big Apple, a sanctuary city. That, in turn, has led to Adams begging the president for resources to help its new residents. The White House has not responded to the crisis quickly enough, according to the mayor.
Both the campaign and the mayor have downplayed the alleged conflict. The New York Daily News reported Biden’s team issued a statement on May 11, saying the president “counts Mayor Adams as a friend and partner.” The campaign went on to say Biden “looks forward to working with the mayor on issues impacting” the city and to win reelection.
Adams told the press, “Biden is my guy,” saying he doesn’t know what the campaign plans to do.
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