Just as Sarah Jessica Parker is sidelining Kim Cattrall over another “Sex and the City” sequel, show star Cynthia Nixon is calling on Manhattan Democrats to dump Rep. Carolyn Maloney over her past views on vaccines.
A heated exchange took place last Thursday when the longtime congresswoman sought support at a virtual candidate forum hosted by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, which eventually voted to team up with Maloney’s longtime colleague, bitter main rival, Rep. Jerrold Nadler. to merge.
“I asked Carolyn about her long and very well-documented history of anti-vax legislation, hearings and rallies because, frankly, I’m concerned about it,” Nixon told The Post.
The East Side Dem then dodged the question from the longtime activist, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for governor four years ago.
And just like that, Maloney’s chances of defeating Nixon vanished.
“I can’t think of a more staunch or influential anti-vaccine congresswoman on the Democratic side than Carolyn Maloney, and that alone is enough to disqualify her from my book,” Nixon added in the statement.
Nadler won the club’s support with 52% support against Maloney and attorney Suraj Patel.
The 10-seat congresswoman indulged in the discredited connection between autism and childhood vaccinations for years before distancing herself from such ideas in 2018.
“There is too much verbal evidence from parents where they break down [and say] “I had a normal kid, I gave him a shot, and then they got autism,” she said at a 2012 congressional hearing on autism.
Despite this story, Maloney spokesman Bob Liff said Nixon, and not Maloney, was the woman who was flirting with leaking information.
“Cynthia Nixon’s question was based on incorrect information and misrepresented Carolyn Maloney’s longstanding support for vaccines and the science behind them. She did not sponsor ‘eight Antivax bills,'” Liff said in the email.
Maloney has promoted legislation “to boost public confidence and address concerns about mercury in some childhood vaccines,” he added.
Anti-vaccine activists have accused mercury-containing preservatives of allegedly endangering children who are vaccinated, even though most shots do not contain the toxic substance, which experts say is safe to pass through their bodies.
Some local dems got big doses of glee after Maloney was screwed by Nixon.
“Those of us who are pro-vaccination are getting them from the mad anti-vaccination people. So it’s nice to see the tables turned,” a Manhattan Democrat familiar with the stock market told the Post Tuesday night.
A Nadler spokesman denied that his campaign had anything to do with the Maloney-Nixon swap, which has not yet officially endorsed anyone for the August 23 primary.
The longtime Democratic incumbents are locked in a political deathmatch after being brought into Midtown-based congressional district 12 after the state appeals court overturned new congressional lines approved by Albany Democrats.
Nadler and Maloney had both previously secured the support of the liberal Jim Owles Club.
“There was no villain in this race and a decision was made after much debate,” club president Alan Roskoff told the Post.
The fact that Nadler has backed Maloney for re-election in the past should also disqualify him among voters in Congressional District 12, according to Patel, who is running against Maloney for the third straight election cycle.
“Carolyn Maloney used the power of her office, position and seniority in Congress to provide a platform for anti-vax conspiracy theories … and Jerry Nadler was still supporting her at the height of the pandemic. That’s why we need a new generation of leaders who will put science ahead of backroom, buddy/buddy politics,” Patel said in a statement.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks
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