In the NY Dem primaries, fresh faces are aiming to make waves by taking on House leaders.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! As new candidates try to make waves in the state’s primary, Democratic voters in New York will decide on Tuesday whether to stick with the present leaders in Congress or pass the reigns to a new guard.

The size of the shakeup in the Empire State’s 12th District is still up in the air. Rep. Carolyn Maloney is being challenged by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, who wants to leave his current 10th District due to redistricting. While one of them would undoubtedly leave Congress after this year, rival Suraj Patel wants to remove both of them. Both were initially elected to Congress in 1992.

Just after polls opened on Tuesday morning, Patel told Fox News, “I’m bringing new energy, ideas, and practical experience to Congress.” “New York needs fighters in Washington with knowledge of both the public and commercial sectors to defend our rights and restart our economy. They are outdated and uninspired after serving in Congress for 30 years.

In the 2020 primary, Patel ran against Maloney and came within three points of an unexpected victory.
New York prepares for a major primary that will result in the loss of at least one Democratic House leader.

New York congressional candidates Suraj Patel and Alessandra Biaggi are among challengers looking to unseat veteran House members including Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, and Sean Patrick Maloney (Biaggi: AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File; Patel: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Patel avoided the moniker of “far-left progressive,” despite advocating a different viewpoint from Nadler and Maloney. He claims to be an Obama Democrat because he previously worked for the former president. Additionally, he has the support of former Republican candidate for mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg.

In a recent debate, Nadler made a comment regarding the effect of the race.
He said, “It would be sad for New York to lose one committee chairman.” The loss of two committee chairs would be disastrous.
Other races are also being impacted by the new district map.


Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who presently represents the 18th District, is running for office in the 17th District where he will be opposed by liberal State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. Maloney is the current chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has came under fire from within the party for supporting candidates on the far right in Republican primary elections in order to defeat them more easily in the general election.

If Biaggi’s name seems familiar, it may be because she was one of the state Democrats who publicly criticized former governor Andrew Cuomo amid the several scandals that ultimately led to his resignation. Biaggi, who serves as the chair of the State Senate Ethics Committee, referred to Cuomo as a “monster” after many claims of sexual misconduct surfaced.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney faces progressive Alessandra Biaggi in a New York primary race

Biaggi tweeted that Cuomo’s comments were “riddled with lies, theater, and misdirection” when he attempted to explain to reporters why his staff had withheld information about COVID-19 nursing facility deaths from state lawmakers in a news conference in February 2021.

In contrast to Patel, Biaggi easily declares himself to be a progressive and has the support of Democratic Party socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.


In the 10th District of New York, the musical chairs game of congress goes on. In order to avoid a run-off with Sean Patrick Maloney and Alessandra Biaggi, incumbent 17th Area Representative Mondaire Jones is running in that district now that Nadler is leaving.

Jones does not, in fact, have a clear road to victory. There are twelve contenders in that event, including him. Before Bill de Blasio, the former mayor of New York City, withdrew in July, the field was even bigger. Jones still has to defeat opponents including former federal prosecutor and House impeachment lawyer Daniel Goldman and former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, D-N.Y., in order to stay in Congress.

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