Remember this the next time President Joe Biden claims the Republicans are the party of the “rich”: Daniel S. Goldman, heir to Levi Strauss’ sartorial fortune, has just bought a congressional seat in New York, spending $5 million from his personal reserve.
Goldman, a former henchman for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) as an impeachment attorney for the House Intelligence Committee, is also a certified Russian prankster who stubbornly pushed the fraudulent “dossier” on Trump and hoped a “pee tape” would emerge.
In the impeachment inquiry, he questioned witnesses behind closed doors and did not explain to the House Judiciary Committee why his committee spied on the phone records of Trump’s lawyers and Republican members of Congress.
A former federal prosecutor, Goldman has no natural constituency, but won the Democratic Party’s primary for the 10th congressional district – and therefore the seat – by heavily outspending his most prominent rivals by dipping into his personal piggy bank.
The New York Times reported:
Mr. Goldman, heir to the Levi Strauss fortune, has a net worth of up to $253 million and has injected nearly $5 million of his own money into the race.
He defeated several candidates who had stronger political ties to the region and were dragged into the 10th congressional district after an unusually messy redistricting process earlier this year.
Mr. Goldman did not have the political connections of many of his opponents. He had never held elected office before, nor had he been particularly involved with local Democratic political clubs or neighborhood community councils. But his wealth allowed him to bombard the neighborhood with television commercials.
Goldman, who has marketed himself as a “progressive” within the Democratic Party, also pointed to his experience of impeaching Trump – an experience in which he and other wealthy Democratic donors used their influence to engage in main roles. Unsurprisingly, Goldman won the Wall Street portion of the district on primary day, while losing in working-class Brooklyn.
Now, Bloomberg News notes, Goldman “will become one of the wealthiest members of Congress if elected in November.”
It takes a lot of wealth to be so “progressive”. It takes a sense of personal security to violate the constitutional rights of others. And for a rich, entitled kid in New York, it takes about $5 million to buy a seat in Congress.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.