“Sean Patrick Maloney didn’t even tell me before he left. on Twitter to make this announcement,” Jones said. “And I think that tells you everything you need to know about Sean Patrick Maloney.”
Maloney, the chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, announced he would seek re-election to the new seat, which includes Putnam and Rockland counties and parts of Westchester County, as it includes his home of Cold Spring, NY The decision came less than an hour after the card was made public, prompting complaints from some members of the delegation, especially given Maloney’s prominent role in the party. Maloney’s allies, meanwhile, argued there was no reason he should move his family to a new seat.
The public fight between Maloney and Jones, who said he hasn’t decided where he will stand, is not an isolated case. While Democrats are expected to resolve some possible member clashes, at least two senior party members are publicly preparing to face off against a longtime colleague and another committee leader.
“Absolutely stunned,” said House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.), who is set to face House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler when asked about the redrawn maps. They both plan to run in the redesigned version of its current neighborhood, which will now include downtown and much of the West Side.
“I have never lost an election, I have no intention of starting now,” Maloney said.
Democrats are working feverishly to influence the draft map before it is finalized on Friday, with lawmakers and local activists filing their formal complaints during a 48-hour public comment period. A special master has been tasked with redrawing the state’s 26 congressional districts after a court dismissed a map drawn by the Democratic legislature as an illegal partisan gerrymander.
The master’s special proposal published early Monday afternoon shook the Democratic caucus. Several Democrats called it an affront to established communities of interest, especially New York’s diverse communities. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries released a digital ad slamming the card.
“This ad campaign is a message to those trying to silence our voices: New York’s Black, Brown, and Asian American communities MUST be heard,” Jeffries said in the spot.
It’s unclear how many things will change before the final map is released. The current version has muddied the lower Hudson Valley, including placing Jones’ house with another Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, while placing most of his current district in the seat where Sean Patrick Maloney is running. currently.
Much of Maloney’s current seat is in a northern district. The move baffled some Democrats, who questioned why he would force Jones to choose between running against him or Bowman.
“I’m really shocked that my neighborhood is being erased the way it was and they’re dragging my residence to the same neighborhood as Jamaal’s residence,” Jones said.
Maloney’s decision also created a recruiting crisis in another district. Democrats must field candidates for an open district that resembles the one held by Rep. Antonio Delgado (DN.Y.), who is stepping down to become lieutenant governor, as well as the neighboring district that Maloney leaves behind. Both seats could be very competitive in a medium-term environment; President Joe Biden reportedly carried both by a single-digit margin, according to statistics released with the special master’s draft plan.
(Biden won the new 17th District, where Maloney chose to run instead, by about 10 points.)
Maloney’s allies, meanwhile, have questioned whether Jones, who is ideologically to the left of Maloney, could run for a seat that will be competitive. Jones and Bowman, both black progressives, won their seats last year. Bowman, who belongs to the ultraliberal “Squad”, defeated Democratic Representative Eliot Engel and Jones won an open seat.
It’s a huge turnaround for a delegation that had hoped to be one of the party’s strongholds in an otherwise bleak midterm landscape. Much of that hope, however, disappeared when the courts threw out the legislature’s gerrymandered maps – and it receded again with Monday’s maps.
“You look at the Bowman, Jones, Maloney seats — it just doesn’t make sense,” said Rep. Greg Meeks (DN.Y.), who said he’s received a “flurry” of phone calls and hopes persuade the state. cartographer to make critical changes to the draft.
Meeks, a powerhouse of New York politics, was spotted conversing on the House floor Monday night with Rep. Adriano Espaillat (DN.Y.). Nearby, Upstate Democratic Rep. Joseph Morelle was heard telling GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis — whose Staten Island district was under threat on the map drawn by Democrats but seems more sure now – “Good day for you.”
Morelle was less enthusiastic about what the card meant for his party.
“It’s not just good for the House, the institution, I don’t think it’s good for New York,” Morelle later told a reporter. “Two of our main members can face each other. It’s just tragic.
Katherine Tully-McManus and Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.