Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney gets the main challenge he so richly deserves
We’re not fans of ultra-left state senator Alessandra Biaggi, but she certainly picked a big target as she challenged Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary for the 17th District: He’s the most arrogant and selfish titular in all of New York.
His most recent low was failing to even inform another incumbent, Rep. Mondaire Jones, before declaring that he would run in the district that the new fair voter maps (required after the courts rejected the Democrats’ attempt to gerrymander Republicans in Insignificance) put them both, even though the new district had more of Jones’ old than Maloney’s.
Then again, Maloney played a big part in this ill-begotten gerrymander effort that backfired so badly on the Dems, pitting not only Jones and Maloney, but also senior reps Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.
On Nov. 30, 2020, he told Politico, “We have to win the redistricting war,” as he prepared to take over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. And he clearly encouraged the legislature to try to do just that, because his plan was to cut Republicans to just four House seats in New York out of the roughly eight that any fair map would allow.
The ploy was a clear violation of the state Constitution’s redistricting rules and the opinions clearly expressed by most New Yorkers in multiple ballot voting.
But Maloney’s sleaze goes back further: He’s also the guy who ran for two offices at the same time in 2018, entering the state Attorney General’s primary even as he remained in the running for his seat. in the room.
As we noted then, “The wealthy three-term holder clearly thinks he can attempt a better job without risking the one he currently holds. What if that was a slap in the face to his constituents?” And a bet that risked entrusting the swing Congressional District to the Republicans.
He also spent money from his federal campaign fund running for statehood, a legally dubious move that only disadvantaged his fellow Democrats – although Tish James ended up winning easily anyway.
In short, Maloney’s apologetic behavior was an invitation to Biaggi, who said as he entered the race, “We want a champion in Congress who will fight for all of us – not a corporate Democrat like Sean Patrick Maloney who passes the interests of its donors before ours.”
She has a shot; Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the entire Democratic socialist machine are in his corner.
We have no desire to see the House of AOC’s “squad” win another member, but you have to admire this movement’s ability to pick Democratic enemies who deserve to lose.