As we have previously reported, New York’s May court-ordered redistricting maps sent some prominent Democrats in a tailspin. The redrawn House district forced some longtime Democrats to make difficult decisions about which incumbent Democrats to challenge them in the primary.
While allegations of racism flew and calls for resignations filled the air in the immediate aftermath, undoubtedly the most bitterly contested race has been the one between Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, who are both over 70 years old and have been in Congress since the early 1990s, and both of who hold powerful leadership positions in the House.
Both are now vying for the newly-drawn 12th Congressional district, and to say things have gotten testy would be an understatement, with Nadler at one point calling Maloney “cowardly” over some of her past stances and Maloney going so far as to declare Nadler “senile” earlier this week, referencing comments from a New York Post editorial on their battle.
On Monday, New York’s Primary Day, it became even more ugly when it was revealed that Maloney had ranaway and her daughter physical inserted herself between Maloney and the reporter to stop him asking further questions. Maloney then got in a waiting car:
When a CNN reporter followed her to the Upper West Side campaign stop to inquire about her comments on Monday, she started running down the street to find a car. One of her daughters stood with her legs extended in an effort to block further questions.
When Maloney was asked about Nadler’s “half-death” comment, she closed the car door and said goodbye. She had just finished her last campaign stop before the primary and closed the car door to another reporter who asked whether she believed Nadler was senile.
Nadler allies have, however, whispered reminders of Maloney’s lengthy history of strange remarks and demeanors. This ranges from being called “kooky” to actually not completely sober. Questions about these comments were not answered by a Maloney spokesperson.
Questions have long been raised about Nadler’s health, and those questions got louder after a 2019 event where Nadler appeared to briefly pass out and become disoriented, which prompted then-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to offer him something to drink. Nadler later claimed that he didn’t pass out, but that the warm room and dehydration caused him to become dizzy.
Health issues and claims of questionable sobriety aside, things could get really interesting if the third candidate in this race – Obama admin alum Suraj Patel – pulls off the upset. This is a possibility Nadler worries about, regardless of how he feels about Maloney.
At minimum one of the major committee chairs — House Judiciary, or House Oversight — will lose tonight. Nadler said to me that NY losing two of its major committee chairs would be “catastrophic .”
” No matter how talented a freshman is, he stated that he would not be able to return as much as senior members. “
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 23, 2022
I have no interest in the fight except to see fellow Democrats demolish each other. However, it fascinates and intrigues me every time entrenched politicians speak loudly about their fear of losing power.
Polls close in New York at 9 pm ET. As soon as results are in, we’ll post them. Keep your feet on the ground!
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