Rep. Carolyn Maloney has expressed concern about “vaccine-related health risks” for US soldiers and other military personnel, which critics say proves the congresswoman has contributed to anti-vaccine hysteria and hesitation.
Maloney — currently in a primary fight with longtime ally Rep. Jerrold Nadler and attorney Suraj Patel in the newly drawn 12th congressional district — sent a 2008 letter to Col. Renata Engler, then director of the Department of Defense’s Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network, in which he ” Serious” surveyed side effects due to mandatory vaccinations.”
Maloney expressed concern in the letter about the “1-2% rate of serious adverse events” associated with vaccination and its impact on “military readiness.”
The congresswoman said it was important to get more details about the study “given the ongoing debate between parents and the medical establishment about the safe use of vaccines.”
For years, Maloney has called for federal studies to determine if there is a link between vaccines and autism.
Maloney’s streak of vaccine hesitancy was her Achilles’ heel during the campaign, which came at a time when the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers were being stabbed multiple times to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Suraj Patel, one of Maloney’s opponents in the Democratic primary for the newly drawn 12th congressional district, accused the congresswoman of championing the discredited anti-vaccination movement, which has contributed to vaccine reluctance.
“Her letter to the Department of Defense reveals the depth of her crusade against vaccination. What she did is straight out of the vaccine conspiracy playbook,” Patel said.
“We need leaders who are pro-science,” he said.
Another main rival, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, said during a debate Wednesday night that the anti-vax movement had taken root among parents “because of the poison they are . .[Maloney]helped with the planting”.[Maloney}helpedplant”[Maloney}helpedplant”
The Maloney campaign tried to dismiss the DOD letter as old news, insisting she was a staunch supporter of vaccinations and immunizations, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Carolyn Maloney supports vaccines and the science behind them. She has always voted for funding to bring vaccines to New York, including during the pandemic, to set up two vaccine centers in Queensborough Houses and Astoria Houses in her district,” said Maloney campaign spokesman Bob Liff.
“Rehashing old stories she has asked in the quest for greater vaccine safety does not detract from her consistent support for vaccines before and during the pandemic.”
During Wednesday’s debate sponsored by Forward and the New Jewish Agenda, Maloney said, “I’m pro-vaccination” and “regret” he asked questions about them well before the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party’s casual gerrymandering debacle has seen two congressional heavyweights — Maloney and Jerrold Nadler — vying for the same seat in the House of Representatives.
The courts ruled earlier this year that Democratic lawmakers were engaging in illegal partisan maneuvers to win more congressional seats and tossed out their new district maps. Republican critics derisively dubbed the illegally drawn redistribution “Hochulmander” because Gov. Kathy Hochul approved it.
A court-assigned special master tasked with repairing the maps merged Nadler’s Upper West Side base with Maloney’s Upper East Side turf as part of a new 12th Congress
Patel is the third candidate in the running, a dark horse trying to fight back against the two seventy-year-olds who have served in the House of Representatives since the early 1990s.
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