In the 12th Congressional District of the Empire State, Rep. Carolyn Maloney criticized Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s sponsorship of her primary opponent, Rep. Jerry Nadler, claiming that the “old boys network is very, very close.”
In a contentious New York primary, Schumer backs Nadler.
Maloney responded, “He doesn’t live here,” when asked about her fellow New York Democrat’s support of Nadler during an interview with NY1 Spectrum News. I’m not surprised by it.
She continued, “The old boys network is extremely, very close, and they help each other.
The state’s recent redistricting process, which pitted the pair—once allies and both powerful House committee leaders—against one another by combining their home political bases, Nadler’s on the Upper West Side and Maloney’s on the Upper East Side, sparked a member vs. member primary between Maloney and Nadler, her longtime House colleague from New York City.
Following the Supreme Court judgment in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which invalidated the court’s earlier decision in Roe v. Wade, Maloney has embraced gender issues in her campaign. She tells voters in one television commercial: “You cannot send a man to do a woman’s job.” Maloney was one of the legislators detained for obstructing traffic at an abortion-rights demonstration in front of the Supreme Court last month.
Maloney told NY1, “And we know that women are very underrepresented in Congress – we make up 51% of the population but only 24% of elected officials nationwide.”
In a statement on Monday, Schumer praised Nadler and claimed that while New York has many exceptional leaders, few of them “lead with the guts, conviction, and remarkable legislative effectiveness of my buddy, Jerry Nadler.”
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The primary will take place on August 23.
Examiner in Washington News, New York, Chuck Schumer, Democratic Party, midterm elections in 2022
Kate Scanlon is the author at large.
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