Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney expresses ‘regret’ for past vaccine skepticism


representing Caroline Maloney (DN.Y.), who is locked in a controversial primary in Manhattan, expressed his “regret” for express concerns in the past about the potential health effects of childhood vaccines.

In a passionate interview on the Gotham Gazette reporter Ben Max Podcast which came out on Monday, Maloney first defended his case by highlighting his work to help fund the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am vaccinated. My kids are vaccinated,” Maloney said. “I’ve contributed millions of vaccines – over $5 billion – to New York City to support vaccine rollout. And I would say my track record is good when it comes to vaccine support.”

But when pressed about her statements about a supposed link between vaccines and autism, as well as legislation she introduced years ago to study the health effects of vaccines, Maloney said that she wished she had never said anything to question the safety of vaccines.

“I regret any statement I made when asking a question about vaccines,” she said. “There were two bills that I co-sponsored that studied them. I regret asking to study vaccines.

Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (DN.Y.) campaign flagged Maloney’s past vaccine comments for the benefit of any super PACs who support him and might want to attack him for them.

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Asked if Maloney’s campaign wanted to provide any clarification, a campaign spokesperson said her remarks were consistent with what she had said in the past.

The comments, however, appear to mark the first time that Maloney has expressed regret of any kind about his history of vaccine skepticism and his associations with prominent vaccine skeptics. vaccines.

The court-ordered redistricting drew Maloney, who represents Manhattan’s Upper East Side, to the same district as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D), of the Upper West Side.

The two three-decade veterans are now engaged in a fierce battle for the remaining seat that encompasses their two neighborhoods.

They are also competing with attorney Suraj Patel, who has previously faced Maloney twice, and former banking regulator Ashmi Sheth for the Democratic nomination in New York’s redesigned 12th congressional district. The primary takes place on August 23.

Max began his discussion about vaccines with Maloney by asking about the Nadler campaign’s “red box” pointing out his past comments about vaccination for super PACs.

“Carolyn Maloney has been a leading anti-vaccine voice in Congress,” Nadler’s site says.

Maloney introduced legislation in 2007 and 2009 that would have required the federal government to study the potentially negative health effects of vaccines, including any suspected links to increases in autism.

Maloney also used congressional hearings to amplify fears about the health risks of vaccination. Her willingness to address the concerns of leading anti-vaccines, including Jenny McCarthy, has made her a subject of admiration in the anti-vaccine movement.

Suraj Patel, seeking to defeat Maloney for the third time, has repeatedly attacked Maloney for past remarks that appeared to echo baseless claims by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists.
Suraj Patel, seeking to defeat Maloney for the third time, has repeatedly attacked Maloney for past remarks that appeared to echo baseless claims by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists.

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Maloney called the claims on Nadler’s campaign website a “lie” and argued she was being unfairly attacked.

“At the time, there were questions,” she said. “Now it has been proven that there is no problem, and to ask a question 20 years ago, I am the science. Science now says that vaccines are completely and totally safe. So, I think it’s an unfair attack.

By the time Maloney was raising questions about the health risks of vaccines, there was already academic research refuting claims of a link between autism and measles, mumps and rubella inoculation. In 2010, the medical journal that published the most famous study suggesting a link between the MMR vaccine and autism retracted the study because of its methodological flaws.

Patel noted that Maloney co-sponsored legislation requiring the federal government to investigate alleged negative health effects of vaccines as recently as 2015.

“There were no legitimate ‘questions’ about the effectiveness of the vaccine in 2015, just as there were no legitimate ‘questions’ about the legitimacy of the election in 2020 or legitimate ‘questions’ about change. climate today,” Patel said in a statement to HuffPost. “This is a classic maneuver by conspiracy theorists when they breed lies – while avoiding responsibility for doing so.”

“She was wrong then, as she is wrong now,” he continued. “And she owes voters more than just regrets — she owes an apology and an explanation for why she not only believed but promoted conspiracy theories.”




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