New York Democratic Rep. Tom Souzzi has been invited to join New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams to serve as the city’s deputy mayor.
Adams noted his hope to bring Souzzi into his administration during a press conference on Saturday, saying he was “somehow trying to convince him to be a deputy mayor in my administration,” according to The New York Post.
“I am very flattered that the mayor-elect would like me to help him in a big way to tackle the challenges in New York City,” Souzzi told Spectrum News 1.
“It’s a testament to our great friendship and his confidence that I know how to help run a big government, get things done and solve problems. Lots to think about over Thanksgiving,” he added.
If Souzzi does take the role in Adams’ administration, he would join a growing number of Democrats leaving Congress ahead of the 2022 midterms. The “red wave” of GOP victories during the 2021 elections may signal what will come for Congress in the coming year.
Democrats are already concerned about losing their slim majority in the House, currently at just 219 to 212. Experts predict the House will flip Republican, due to low approval of President Joe Biden’s policies and in part due to congressional redistricting in some states.
The Senate, currently in a 50-50 tie, may also turn red next year. Just one seat could change the advantage in the evenly divided chamber.
If so, both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could be out of a job, effectively making Biden a half-term president.