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Warren backs Nadler in heated primary race with Carolyn Maloney

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/14/2022 Matthew Wilson
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Left-wing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced her endorsement of Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in his primary face-off with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), widely expected to be one of the most contentious races in the country.

Warren lauded Nadler as a “champion” for “reproductive rights” and said he would “fight back against Republican bullies in Washington,” likely a swipe at previous GOP-friendly votes from Maloney, who was thrown into a primary race against her Democratic colleague amid a chaotic redistricting process that saw Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Upper West Side combined into one congressional district.

Nadler celebrated the endorsement, saying he was “thrilled” to have the support of a “true champion for working families.”

Nadler, who is running against Maloney for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 12th Congressional District, decided to challenge his colleague after much of their former districts were combined under a court-ordered redistricting plan. His old seat, the 10th Congressional District, which was anchored on Manhattan’s West Side, was shifted downward to capture lower Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Park Slope region.

Nadler and Maloney are longtime fixtures of New York City politics, with both having served in Congress since the early 1990s. Both also helm powerful congressional committees, with Nadler leading the House Judiciary Committee and Maloney serving as chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee.

While there are few ideological differences between the two lawmakers, Nadler allies have dinged Maloney for her previous support for the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, as well as her opposition to former President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran.

Each has worked to shore up his or her left-wing bona fides, with Maloney receiving the endorsement of Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) but Nadler drawing support from Warren and New York’s left-wing Working Families Party.

Though the primary race is expected to be competitive, Maloney leads Nadler by 10 percentage points among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a poll of 500 likely Democratic voters conducted May 24-25 with a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points. The winner of the primary election is set to cruise to victory in November in the heavily Democratic district.

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The primary election will be held on Aug. 23.

A spokeswoman for Maloney’s campaign did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

 

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Original Author: Matthew Wilson

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