Democrats Prepare For Major Loss

Tim Evanson from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday (August 23), the political landscape for New York and Congress is expected to change.

Two veteran House Democrats — Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) — will face off in New York’s Tuesday primaries when one or both of them will be eliminated.

Nadler will be running in New York’s 12th district — Maloney’s current district — rather than the redrawn 10th District, which he is currently representing.

Others challenging New York’s 12th district include Ashmi Sheth and Suraj Patel.

Nadler currently serves as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Maloney heads the House Oversight Committee.

Nadler remarked on the impact the race would have on the House, saying, “Losing one committee chairman would be unfortunate for New York,” before adding, “Losing two committee chairmen would be catastrophic.”

Nadler was elected to Congress in 1992, winning a special election that had him replace 8th district Rep. Ted Weiss (D-N.Y). In 2019, he started serving on the Judiciary Committee, a position that afforded him a leadership role in former President Donald Trump’s impeachments.

Following the redrawing of Nadler’s 10th district, speculation increased that he would be retiring, but he squashed such speculation when he announced he would be seeking reelection in New York’s 12th district.

Maloney shares a similar political history as Nadler, also being elected to Congress in 1992. In 2019, Maloney became the first woman to chair the House Oversight and Reform Committee, a role she took following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD.).