Rep. Mondaire Jones emerged Wednesday as the lead contender to thwart former House impeachment attorney Dan Goldman in the Democrats’ race to represent lower Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn in Congress.
Whether the topic was guns, infectious diseases, or Donald Trump, Jones aimed squarely at Goldman during the hour-long PIX11 debate, the final showdown among top candidates in the 10th congressional district before the Aug. 23 primary.
“New Yorkers deserve a progressive champion,” Jones once said.
“Not a contactless millionaire who supports abortion restrictions, opposes Medicare for All and just got endorsed by Donald Trump,” he added — one of four clues to a tongue-in-cheek endorsement by his 45th president last Wednesday’s former Inquisitor.
“The fact that my opponent actually seems to take him seriously just goes to show how little he knows Donald Trump,” Goldman fired back.
Another line of attack from Jones — via Goldman’s investments in companies like gunmaker Sturm Ruger — appears to have had more success, however, as Goldman acknowledged earlier this week he had instructed his broker to divest those holdings.
The other three candidates on stage – MP Yuh-Line Niou, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and MP Jo Anne Simon – stuck to political talking points or focused their attention on one another while struggling to stand out.
Rivera once accused her progressive Niou supporter, who is backed by the left-wing Working Families Party, of accepting “property donations” during a discussion about inflation.
Rivera also joined Jones in piling on Goldman, saying, “We can’t have someone faltering on abortion, someone who gave up their fourth position in just three weeks.”
The dig was in reference to an interview Goldman gave to the Jewish publication Hamodia last month, in which he suggested he would support some abortion restrictions if elected – before consulting with an adviser and changing his answer to saying he do not advocate restrictions.
Rivera was also the only candidate who didn’t explicitly support a federal takeover of prisons on troubled Rikers Island — one of the rare dissenting remarks on a night when candidates largely expressed support for issues like gun rights and immigration reform.
In that sense, Wednesday’s debate was a continuation of the Aug. 11 confrontation, which highlighted rivals’ similar positions on hot-button issues like congestion charges and bond reform.
Since then, Goldman has risen to the top spot with the help of a “shocking” fundraising benefit and a recent endorsement by the liberal editorial board of The New York Times — which he specifically referred to Wednesday night.
“Donald Trump doesn’t want me in Congress, but the New York Times does,” Goldman said in his closing statement to voters in the Deep Blue Quarter. “So I hope you will join them in supporting me.”
A PIX11/Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll released Monday showed Goldman leading the pack with 22% support, compared to 17% for Niou and 13% each for Rivera and Jones, who currently cover the Rockland suburbs and parts of the Westchester counties represented.
Simon followed with 6%, while former MP Liz Holtzman was left out of the debate after receiving just 4% support in the poll.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/mondaire-jones-leads-attacks-against-dan-goldman-in-ny-10-debate/ Mondaire Jones leads attacks on Dan Goldman in NY-10 debate