Local Democrats in New York are angry with House Democratic Campaign Chairman Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) for taking over the congressional district from a black colleague to secure an easier victory in the general elections.
Maloney has decided to run in New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District – where Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) currently serves – seeking an uncontested and safer path to re-election after redistricting. of this year, instead of running in New York’s tenth congressional district. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi announced that she would try to stop Maloney from waltzing into the congressional seat that was not hers originally.
At the time of Biaggi’s announcement, she called herself a “proud Democrat” and called Maloney a “selfish corporate Democrat” who was hurting the party, adding: “What hurt the party is that the campaign arm leader is not staying in his district, not maximizing the number of seats New York can have to hold a majority.
Since then, Biaggi has told the American perspective and Focus on New York that “Maloney is more concerned with short-term wins and retaining his power than with strengthening the Democratic Party”.
However, Maloney’s decision angered local New York Democrats.
Former Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Ruggiero also said American perspective and Focus on New York that Maloney “has done nothing to build the party or the infrastructure behind him…Locally, he’s all about himself.”
“We begged him not to run in the district,” said current Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chair Elisa Sumner.
“We already had [political] machines running, and he just came in and cleaned up the field,” Sumner added. Maloney “intimated that he wanted to be in this neighborhood because it was closer to the New York media market”.
Additionally, Randy Johnson, a former candidate for mayor of Poughkeepsie, criticized Maloney in 2015 for “often [declining] to endorse black candidates.
“He really did a disservice to the Democratic party in the city” by not supporting black candidates like him, Johnson added.
Even Maloney’s House Democratic colleagues and leftist media personalities criticized the district swap.
Before Jones officially pulled out of the race against Maloney and changed districts himself, Socialist “Squad” leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called on Maloney to step down as campaign chairman if he followed up with a main challenge against his junior colleague.
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) also accused Maloney of racism for forcing Jones out of his district and called the debacle “outrageous.” In a tweet, he said“The thinly veiled racism here is deeply disappointing.”
“He is the president of the DCCC. It is his responsibility to make sure the Democrats stay in the majority,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), another far-left Empire State lawmaker in the neighboring Sixteenth Congressional District. “Not running in 18th is having a direct impact on our ability to retain the majority… You have a job to do and you’re literally not doing that job.”
Left-leaning MSNBC host Chris Hayes also hammered the Democratic congressman, accusing him of “gross political misconduct.”
In response to local Democrats expressing their frustration at Maloney, Republican National Committee of Congress spokeswoman Samantha Bullock said on social media that the congressman “has always been a jerk. Just ask the local New York Democrats.
ICYMI: @spmaloney always been a moron.
Just ask local New York Democrats.https://t.co/hlk08n1cel pic.twitter.com/0NAG1LhuAn
— Samantha Bullock (@SamLBullock) June 6, 2022
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