NY is gearing up for a major primary that will see at least 1 Dem House leader out of a job


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The political scene both in New York and in Congress itself will see a major reshuffle on Tuesday, as two longtime Democratic leaders face off in a primary race that will see one — if not both — of them removed from office.

Thanks to a new district map, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., is running in his state’s 12th district — instead of the redesigned version of his current 10th district — against incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y. ., as well as challengers Suraj Patel and Ashmi Sheth. Nadler is the current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, while Maloney heads the House Oversight Committee.

Nadler commented on the impact of the race during a recent debate.

“Losing a committee chair would be unfortunate for New York,” he said. “Losing two committee chairs would be catastrophic.”

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Nadler was first elected to Congress 30 years ago when he won a special election to replace 8th District Rep. Ted Weiss, DN.Y., in 1992. He has chaired the House Judiciary Committee since 2019, and a period that saw him in a leadership role for the two impeachments of former President Donald Trump.

Last November, rumors swirled that Nadler could retire at the end of his current term, but those rumors proved premature as he seeks to remain in Congress despite the redistricting.

FILE – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., leads a hearing on the future of abortion rights following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 14, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Maloney was also first elected to Congress in 1992. She became the first woman to chair the House Oversight and Reform Committee in 2019, following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and has also chaired the Joint Economic Committee.

The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Republican Mike Zumbluskas in November’s general election.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Speaker Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) delivers her opening remarks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 30: Speaker Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) delivers her opening remarks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)
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Nadler’s departure from the 10th District also resulted in a contentious race, with several prominent Democrats seeking the now vacant seat. A dozen candidates are vying for the party’s nomination, including current 17th District Rep. Mondaire Jones, D.N.Y., former federal prosecutor and House impeachment attorney Daniel Goldman, and former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, D.N.Y. Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned briefly but pulled out of the race in July.


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