Schumer assists Nadler in heated NY-12 home race against Maloney

Sen. Chuck Schumer endorsed Rep. Jerrold Nadler over Rep. Carolyn Maloney Monday in the Democratic primary that pits two titans of the House of Representatives against each other in Manhattan’s redrawn 12th congressional district.

“New York has many outstanding leaders, but few of them lead with the courage, conviction, and brilliant legislative effectiveness of my friend Jerry Nadler,” Schumer, the powerful Senate Majority Leader, said in a Nadler campaign statement.

“Having worked with Jerry for years, I’ve watched time and time again as Jerry — a critical partner of mine in the House of Representatives — was right on the issues years before so many others,” Schumer added.

Schumer’s approval is a boost for Nadler, current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and a blow to Maloney, 76, who chairs the House Oversight Committee. The left-leaning New York Times also supported Nadler over the weekend and joined the Working Families Party and other progressive groups.

Nadler, 75, returned the favor, calling Schumer a “remarkably effective leader” who “brought New Yorkers victory after victory.”

“I’m grateful for Chuck’s support of this race and look forward to our continued collaboration to build a better and safer New York,” said Nadler.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, 92NY CEO Seth Pinsky, and US Senator Chuck Schumer attend 92NY's groundbreaking ceremony.
Senator Chuck Schumer endorsed Rep. Jerrold Nadler over Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
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Nadler takes on Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel, 38, in a three-way battle in the newly drawn 12th congressional district.

The Democratic Party’s casual gerrymandering debacle and the resulting court-supervised redrawing of New York’s congressional card has resulted in two longtime incumbents, Maloney and Nadler, vying for the same seat in the House of Representatives.

Courts ruled earlier this year that Democratic lawmakers were engaging in illegal partisan maneuvers to win more seats in the House of Representatives, throwing away their newly filled tickets. Republican critics derisively dubbed the illegal attempt “Hochulmander” because Gov. Kathy Hochul approved the card, which the courts rejected.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) greets US Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally in Union Square on May 7, 2022 in New York City.
Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
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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

Nadler immediately announced that he would face Maloney in the 12th district, rather than his newly drawn 10th district, which no longer included the Upper West Side and included new neighborhoods in Brooklyn that he had never represented.

Patel is the third candidate in the running, a dark horse trying to stand up to the two seventy-year-olds who have been in Congress since the early 1990s.

Nadler made waves last week when he said New York will have no more Jewish members in its House delegation if it loses the Aug. 23 primary that will determine the next representative from the heavily Democratic district.

For her part, Maloney argued it’s important to keep a woman in the seat and in June accused Nadler of trying to force her out of the seat because she’s a woman.

arolyn maloney campaigns for congress at the annual gay pride parade on June 26, 2022 in New York City, New York.
Maloney has said it’s important to keep a woman in the seat.
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Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro, after Nadler’s office issued a press release about the endorsement, issued a statement saying Schumer had “deep respect for Carolyn Maloney’s significant accomplishments in Congress.”

Maloney spokesman Bob Liff replied: “At a time when women’s rights are at stake, we need strong women like Carolyn Maloney to take the fight to the Republicans. Also, Sen. Schumer is voting in the 10th district, not the 12th.” Schumer assists Nadler in heated NY-12 home race against Maloney


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