Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) defeated Representative Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic Primary.
The two representatives share a long history in Washington, D.C. However, they were forced to run against one another as people fled the state and district, effectively combining their congressional districts.
According to Yahoo News:
Nadler’s victory ends a 30-year run in Congress for Maloney, who battled to get government aid for people sickened by clouds of toxic soot after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The unusual fight between incumbents who have spent decades working together was the result of a redistricting process that lumped Nadler’s home base on the west side of Manhattan together with Maloney’s on the east side, with neither willing to run in another part of the city.
In his victory speech, Nadler said he and Maloney “have spent much of our adult lives working together to better both New York and our nation. I speak for everyone in this room tonight when I thank her for her decades of service to our city.” Nadler also defeated Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer and lecturer at New York University who has now failed to advance out of a Democratic congressional primary in three straight tries.
Nadler, 75 was first elected to Congress in 1992. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, he led both impeachments of Trump. Nadler was buoyed in the last weeks of the campaign by endorsements from The New York Times and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
He pledged he would go back to Congress “with a mandate to fight for the causes so many of us know to be right,: including abortion access and climate change.
Maloney, 76, also first elected in 1992, is the first woman to chair the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
She is known for her longtime advocacy for Sept. 11 first responders seeking compensation for diseases they attribute to contamination from the destruction of the World Trade Center. she wore a firefighter’s jacket on Capitol Hill and at the 2019 Met Gala.
Nadler won 55.4% of the votes as Maloney and Patel almost split votes. Maloney received 24.4%, while Patel gained 19.2% of the votes.
The primary entailed some hardball politics. The candidates were bashing one another’s character throughout the race instead of explaining why their policies would help New York’s 12th Congressional District.
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