A congressman who moved from his suburban New York district after the state Democrats’ unconstitutional gerrymander tells potential supporters that he has the support of powerful House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in his attempt to allocate a crowded field for a newly drawn district hit that ranges from Park Slope to Lower Manhattan
Rep. Mondaire Jones – who flew in from Rockland County to run in the Democratic primary in the newly drawn 10th congressional district instead of his newly drawn 17th – has boasted that Pelosi is backing his campaign to keep him in the House, Democratic sources told The Post.
Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Assemblyman Yuh-Line Niou and City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera are among the candidates vying for the vacant seat vacated by veteran Assemblyman Jerry Nadler when he decided to challenge Carolyn Maloney, after his district in the Upper West Side was removed from May 10.
Pelosi reached out to national AFL-CIO executives to encourage his New York affiliates to consider supporting Jones, the congressman said while soliciting support.
“Jones said Pelosi bothers him,” a union official told the Post Thursday.
Jones also said Pelosi called to stop Dan Goldman — the chief counsel for the Democratic House Intelligence Committee during the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump and who resides in the district — from running in the race.
Jones said Pelosi told Goldman that “I’ll be treated like an incumbent in the election,” a source said.
According to the sources, Jones also said he will defeat former Mayor Bill de Blasio in the primary campaign and urged Democratic Party sources to jump on board.
He was also dismissive of other candidates or potential candidates. For example, Jones told party insiders that Rivera could not raise the funds to host a competitive race.
Goldman’s camp did not dispute Jones’ claim that Pelosi spoke to him about the main race and favored Jones.
“As the lead counsel for the first House impeachment against Donald Trump, Dan Goldman speaks frequently to members of Congress. He is not publicly sharing these conversations,” said a source close to Goldman.
The Jones campaign had no immediate comment.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said: “Congressman Mondaire Jones is a respected member of the Democratic Caucus who has worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers. The spokesperson hasn’t given any confirmations yet as the new map has been finalized and hasn’t stopped anyone from running.
“However, it is the Speaker’s practice to treat incumbents as incumbents in each district in which they run,” Hammill said.
A Democratic source said Jones’s address to party loyalists was “so much naivety and arrogance” and put off some prominent Democrats.
The first-term congressman currently represents the 17th congressional district, which includes all of Rockland County and parts of Westchester. But under the court-ordered redistribution plan, his district now extends further north into Putnam and Dutchess counties.
A special master redrawn the congressional maps after the courts struck down districts that had been drafted as illegal partisan gerrymandering by Democratic lawmakers that Republicans ridiculed as “Hochulmander” because Gov. Kathy Hochul sanctioned them.
Rep. Sean Patrick Patrick Maloney, who serves in the neighboring 18th CD and is chairman of the Democratic National Committee, announced he would run in the newly drawn 17th CD – sparking a potential primary with Jones.
Jones then stunned New York Democrats by saying last week he would run in the tenth CD. He insisted in private conversations with Democrats that the move was not part of a deal with Patrick Maloney.
Jones, a progressive black gay man, told Democrats he feels connected to the borough, which includes neighborhoods with a strong presence of LGBT voters like Greenwich Village and Park Slope.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/mondaire-jones-says-nancy-pelosi-has-his-back-in-ny-10-race/ Mondaire Jones says Nancy Pelosi has his back in NY-10 race