Progressive Rep. Torres Accuses DCCC Chairman of Racism as Panicked NY Democrats Turn Fire on Each Other
“The thinly veiled racism here is profoundly disappointing.”
Democrats are facing a serious drubbing in November and they know it. This is causing some panic as people want to save their seats and limit the damage to the party as well.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Sean Patrick Maloney is doing his best to stop the carnage and has been rewarded with accusations of racism from progressives.
The catalyst for the infighting was a judge’s recent decision to squash the Democrats’ gerrymandering efforts.
Karl Salzmann reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
‘Extinction-Level Event’: Democrats Melt Down, Accuse Each Other of Racism After New York Courts Upend Their Gerrymander
Democrats are turning on each other in light of the New York court ruling last month that struck down their gerrymandered congressional districts, with one black congressman publicly accusing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.) of being a racist.
Multiple news sources, including Politico and the New York Times, reported this week that Democrats are fuming at Maloney, who as DCCC chairman is responsible for getting Democrats elected to the House. Courts on Monday unveiled new congressional districts, created by a nonpartisan special master, that not only reverse Democrats’ failed gerrymander but also “could pave the way for Republicans to make gains” in the deep-blue Empire State, the Times reported.
Maloney responded to the court decision by abandoning his old congressional seat and running instead in the newly drawn 17th district. That district is represented by a member of his caucus, progressive freshman Mondaire Jones, who will now have to decide whether he wants to face Maloney in the 17th district or ideological ally Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D.) in the neighboring 16th district.
Another ideological ally, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D., N.Y.), accused Maloney of racism, saying the chairman’s allies are spreading the message that Jones, who is black, “is ideologically ill-suited to represent a Westchester County District.”
Democrats accusing each other of racism will always be funny.
The thinly veiled racism here is profoundly disappointing.
A black man is ideologically ill suited to represent a Westchester County District that he represents presently and won decisively in 2020?
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) May 18, 2022
The establishment seems to be backing Maloney.
FOX News reports:
Not every House Democrat is against Maloney’s primary bid.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defended Maloney wanting to run in a district where he lives in a statement to Punchbowl News on Wednesday saying, “[SPM] said i’m running where my house is, that’s all I know that he said. and that’s a logical thing for people to do — where my home is. But we’re still hopeful there could still be some change.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the longest serving Empire State representative in Congress who is in his own primary battle against long-serving New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, said he believes that the DCCC chair can handle both “as long as he can compartmentalize.”
“It’s not going to be easy. Nobody said it was,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., said. “When he took his leadership position, he knew that was going to be a difficult task. … I’m confident that it’ll be alright.”
Pascrell fended off his own member-versus-member primary challenge a decade ago.
An anonymous Democratic aide also told POLITICO that Maloney “clearly has the confidence of his colleagues.”
“This sort of pointless sniping is detrimental to our efforts to keep the majority,” the aide continued. “We have an extremely capable DCCC chair who has demonstrated he can walk and chew gum.”
This is a vicious game of musical chairs, where the losers will be out of a job.
That’s what really matters to everyone involved here.
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