Political observers said Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa face a tough battle when he face Democratic mayor nominee Eric Adams in a debate on Wednesday evening.
The Sliwa and Adams faceoff is the first of two debates ahead of the Nov. 2 election to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The observers said Adams is a good debater who will feast on Sliwa in their one-hour debate which will begin at 7 p.m. on WNBC.
Chris Coffey — a veteran strategist and Bloomberg administration staffer who ran Andrew Yang’s 2021 mayoral primary campaign believes the debate will be entertaining but eventually, Adams will win it because he is a good debater.
“He needs Eric Adams to drop dead on the stage and I’m not even sure that would work.,” Coffey said.
Veteran GOP strategist Evan Siegfried also agreed that Adams is the favorite to win over Sliwa in their debate.
“Eric Adams just needs to not fall flat on his face and raise questions about his ability to be mayor and lead the city to the point that voters would say, ‘Wait a second,’” Siegfried said.
“The task Curtis Sliwa has ahead of him in the debate — ‘uphill’ is a generous term,” Siegfried added.
While Sliwa is a huge underdog in the debate, some observers said the Republican nominee could score some points if he avoids being an attack dog and just presents his realistic plans for the city.