NEXT YORK Only one of two powerful Democratic committee chairmen can prevail in their duel. The involvement of former President Donald Trump has upended another campaign. In a third race, the party’s congressional campaign chair is up against a progressive candidate who has the support of a local hero.
Welcome to the turbulent New York Democratic primary election season, which has seen disagreements over ideologies, generational shifts, and the caliber of the party’s leadership, with the futures of well-known lawmakers on the line.
The courts invalidated an earlier congressional map and approved a new one, postponing the primary and igniting a number of intraparty disputes that will be resolved in House races in and around the city on Tuesday.
Observe the following three crucial Democratic primaries:
The committee chairs collide.
Two influential House chairs are competing in the 12th Congressional District race: Carolyn Maloney of the Oversight Committee, who represents the Upper East Side, and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, who represents the Upper West Side. Their districts are combined in the new plan, creating a winner-take-all primary that will effectively serve as the general election in this Democratic stronghold.
Since their initial election in 1992, the two septuagenarians have worked together for three decades in adjacent districts and have advanced to important positions in Washington. For more than three years, Nadler presided over the Judiciary Committee. During that time, he led efforts to impeach Trump twice and advance Democratic gun legislation. Maloney assumed leadership of the Oversight Committee in late 2019 and used the position to look into the weapons industry and electoral fraud.
Their recent voting histories coincide. In contrast, Maloney supported both the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, according to Nadler at an recent debate. He also emphasized that he supported the Iran nuclear deal from the Obama administration while she was against it.
Next year, only one of them may hold a congressional seat.
Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer running on the platform of generational transition, is another wild card in the race. Patel stated in a recent debate that it is time to move past 1992.
One of the first two out homosexual Black members of Congress, freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones, faces off against rich attorney Dan Goldman in the crowded TRUMP MEDDLES IN MANHATTAN race.
In a novel move, Trump has attempted to sway the primary by endorsing Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who represented House Democrats during the first impeachment investigation of the former president.
Trump boasted about his innocence during the trial and wrote on social media, “It is my great honor to strongly endorse Goldman,” saying he has a bright career in front of him.
In order to stop me from opposing him in Congress once more, Goldman aa2 it as a blatant attempt to rig the election.
Democrats who oppose him have started to target him as well. In the race for the 10th District, which includes Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, Jones has branded Goldman as a conservative. In the meantime, voters in the heavily blue region have been exhorted not to support Goldman by state assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and Manhattan councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who are both promoting progressive programs.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is up against progressive state senator Alessandra Biaggi in a suburban district that includes sections of Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is supporting Biaggi.
In the recently designated district, which is only a short train ride from New York City on the Metro-North rail, Maloney is thought to be the front-runner.
With regard to the party’s acceptance of corporate funding, its support of anti-abortion Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and its choice to back a far-right candidate from Michigan in a GOP primary, whom Democrats view as easy pickings in a general election, Biaggi has criticized Maloney’s leadership of the campaign arm.
On Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press” on NBC, Maloney defended the involvement by Michigan, saying: “My job is to win races for the Democrats. And I take that seriously because Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the House Republicans from California, should not have the gavel. The truth is that we have a better chance of winning that seat.
New York Democrats’ relationships have been damaged by the contest.
Jones was taken aback by Maloney’s statement that he would run in the newly created 17th District, which contains some of Jones’ old district, after his district had been divided. Jones then decided to compete in a district of Manhattan.
Several people had anticipated Maloney would run in a different district, and Ocasio-Cortez even proposed he step aside as the campaign committee head.