Unsurprisingly, the progressive nod in the fight for a new congressional district spanning the Upper West and Upper East sides of Manhattan has gone to the candidate on the left side of the map.
The ultra-liberal Working Families Party backed Rep. Jerrold Nadler to Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday in the campaign pitting two decades of established Democratic incumbents and one-time post-redistribution allies against one another.
“Jerry Nadler has been a powerful voice for reforming the Supreme Court, reshaping our justice system, and ending diplomacy and engagement over war and aggression,” said Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the New York Working Families Party, in support of the chair of the New York Working Families Party House of Representatives.
“We are proud to support Congressman Nadler in the new 12th congressional district.”
After the courts struck down the congressional maps drawn by New York’s Democrats as unconstitutional partisan maneuvers — dubbed “Hochulmander” by Republicans because Gov. Kathy Hochul sanctioned them — court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas redrawed the 12th congressional district and folded Nadler’s political ones Based and residing on the Upper West Side with Maloney’s turf on the East Side rather than keeping it in his current 10th Ward.
Nadler, 74, immediately announced he was running against Maloney, 76, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, without even reaching her, days before a judge made the cards official.
The two served side by side in the House for three decades, but this move made them instant enemies.
“I’m proud to have the support of the Working Families Party today,” said Nadler, who tweeted the WFP support and attacked Maloney by claiming he was “the only true principled progressive” in the race.
“Since its inception, I have always worked closely with WFP on important issues of social and economic justice. Together we have fought side by side for civil rights and liberties, immigration rights, improved wages and conditions for fast food workers, paid sick leave for New York workers, and a living wage for all.
Both Nadler and Maloney serve in the House Democrats’ progressive caucus.
Still, the Nadler endorsement shouldn’t surprise Maloney – while WFP had backed her in previous years, it had backed Muslim activist Rana Abdelhamid before her bid for the 12 district was approved by the special master.
The Maloney camp declined to comment. But a source close to the congressmen dismissed Nadler’s WFP endorsement as an inconsequential factor in the race.
Suraj Patel, a businessman and attorney who has run against Maloney twice, is the third candidate and a wild card that could affect the outcome.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/01/jerry-nadler-gets-working-families-party-endorsement-over-carolyn-maloney/ Jerry Nadler gets support from the Working Families Party for Carolyn Maloney