The battle for the elderly is coming to an end.
The cantankerous contest to represent New York’s new 12th congressional district will lead to either Rep. Jerrold Nadler, 75, or Rep. Carolyn Maloney, 76, losing their House seats after three decades in Congress – ending a nasty rivalry that culminated with Maloney accusing his colleague of being “senile”.
Maloney echoed a line from the Post’s weekend editorial that mocked Nadler saying “this close to the senile” for forgetting who he helped impeach as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
“I think you should read the New York Post editorial today,” Maloney told NY1 on Saturday, pointing out Nadler’s gaffe during a debate in which he falsely said he impeached ex-President George W. Bush ‘twice’ – when he was actually talking about former President Donald Trump.
“They call it ‘senile,'” Maloney added. “They cite his performance during the debate where he couldn’t even remember who he impeached. He said he impeached Bush!
“I’m not going to honor something so ridiculous with an answer,” Nadler told The Post through a spokesperson on Tuesday.
Longtime allies were forced to butt heads after the Democrats’ botched gerrymander broke Nadler’s Upper West Side and Maloney’s Upper East Side strongholds into a single district. Both lawmakers shared credit for a number of legislative victories over the years, but those were quickly forgotten at the prospect of either losing another House term.
“I think Carolyn and I have worked on a lot of things together, but I think I have a more progressive and principled record,” Nadler told reporters after voting at Lincoln Towers on West 70th Street and s be stopped at 72nd and Broadway and 86th and 2nd Avenue Subway Stations.
“She voted for the war in Iraq, I voted against,” he continued. “She voted for the Patriot Act, I voted against. She voted against the Iran deal, I voted for the Iran deal.
Nadler also tried to take credit for securing funding for the Second Avenue subway, telling New York magazine in an interview earlier this month, “She’ll deny it, but I helped make operate the Second Avenue subway. Carolyn came to me and asked me to get the funding, and I got it.
A livid Maloney hit back at the same publication, saying of Nadler, “He wasn’t at the inauguration, he wasn’t at the inauguration, he wasn’t at any of the meetings I had with the MTA. We had hearings about it in the city, and he never came to any of them. He lies.”
Maloney has also attempted to take a stand as a feminist and pro-choice candidate, hitting out at Nadler over the weekend for supporting his longtime ally, former comptroller Scott Stringer, even after he was accused of sexually harassing two women — an allegation that torpedoed Stringer. ran for mayor last year.
“Someone who claims to fight for women’s rights but openly campaigns with a man accused of sexual assault is not the one voters should send back to Washington during an extremely fragile time for women’s rights,” he said. Maloney told the Post.
Maloney also openly asked if Nadler was ready to spend another two years in Washington, first raising the question in a less-than-subtle way at an Aug. 14 event at Carl Schurz Park.
“I give you my word, if I have the honor to represent you, I will be in the trenches every day for two years, working to make the Democratic Party stronger or working for my district,” she said. declared. “I demand the same promise from each of my opponents.”
She did not mention Nadler by name, but the congressman insisted on Tuesday that he plans to run again in 2024 if nominated, denying rumors that he planned to step down and strengthen Stringer for the seat.
A recent poll in the race favors Nadler, and his candidacy received an additional boost with endorsements from the New York Times editorial board and powerful Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“The Times’ endorsement is so significant in this race,” Democratic consultant Chris Coffey, CEO of Tusk Strategies, told The Post. “There are still older people going to the polls with their NYT endorsement rolled up.”
Coffey added that Maloney had also been hurt by the redistricting debacle, which forced New York to hold its first-ever primary in August – while much of the congresswoman’s Upper East Side base is on vacation. in the Hamptons, Hudson Valley or wherever.
“In June, people are still there,” he said. “In August, the restaurants are closed. You can park if you want. How many of these people actually vote and remember to be absent? She needs those voters!
Coffey also said Maloney’s position could be further affected by lawyer and businessman Suraj Patel, who has challenged her in each of the past two rounds.
“He’s shown up in this neighborhood twice already and he’s done well in the town of Stuyvesant,” he said, referring to the residential development on the East Side.
Even as Maloney is shown at the door by primary voters, Coffey suggested New Yorkers haven’t heard the last of her.
“It’s hard to see Carolyn retiring,” he said. “I imagine if she loses, she’ll stay involved.”
New York Post