WASHINGTON – The New York Times has backed two incumbent lawmakers and a former Democrat’s leading attorney in the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the crowded New York City Democratic primary race for Congress.
The newspaper Saturday backed Jerry Nadler, a longtime US Representative with strong liberal credentials; Sean Patrick Maloney, an incumbent running for a newly created district, and Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor and heir to the Levi Strauss & Company fortune. The Times said races are important because they can help determine whether Democrats or Republicans win control of the House in November.
The ads will promote three candidates in a crowded race held in late August and expected to be marked by low turnout. Still, there is no guarantee of support for the Times in the ballot box. Last year, the newspaper endorsed former city sanitation commissioner Katherine Garcia for mayor, and she lost to rival Eric Adams in a tight race.
The Times said in its support, “New York’s chaotic primary election for Congress, which will take place on August 23, is the result of Democrats in Albany trying to ban partisan gerrymandering of the state’s constitution.” “The courts slashed them down for that, and a hasty and confusing race to represent 20 million New Yorkers is now the result.”
In April New York’s supreme court rejected the new congressional maps, which were widely viewed as favoring Democrats, siding with Republican voters who argued that the district’s boundaries were unconstitutionally unconstitutional.
Following the ruling, a new congressional map approved by a judge pitted Nadler against incumbent Representative Carolyn Maloney, when their respective districts on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Upper East Side were merged into a newly configured 12th district. was merged in. Nadler’s endorsement by the newspaper’s editorial board is a major blow to Maloney, who has served Manhattan for 30 years.
Nadler voted against the Iraq war, supported the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and “has used his substantial influence and seniority to advance urgent legislative work on gun safety, voting rights, Trump impeachment and more,” The Times said.
Maloney supported the Iraq war, the Times said, and “has a disturbing history of promoting false information linking vaccines to autism.” In an interview with the Times editorial board earlier this month, Maloney also said that President Joe Biden should not run for a second term.
Endorsing Goldman for the 10th district, the Times said the former federal prosecutor’s experience and knowledge of Congressional oversight and the rule of law “could prove to be particularly valuable in Congress for years to come.” The support will help reduce the noise of a dozen candidates with few ideological differences to voters in Lower Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn.
The Times said in support of the candidate, Sean Patrick Maloney is a longtime resident of the 17th District in New York City’s northern suburbs, and knows his constituents well. “Their positions on the big issues – climate change, housing affordability, public safety, abortion rights, LGBTQ rights – are in line with what this district needs,” the newspaper said.
Support could reduce the chance that Alessandra Biaggi, backed by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, will be able to stave off the progressive upset she has promised to pull.
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