Democratic Rep. now accuses campaign chair Sean Maloney of RACISM for wanting to run against black colleague Mondaire Jones in seat he won ‘decisively’ as party mess in New York gets worse
- A new map drawn up by a court-appointed special master scrambled lines
- Maloney announced he would run in 17th CD where his home would be located
- Most of the district is currently represented by Rep. Mondaire Jones
- Jones fumed this week about Maloney not giving a heads up
- Maloney chars the party campaign arm
- Rep. Richie Torres tore into the move, saying the idea that Jones can’t win there is ‘thinly veiled racism’
The intra-Democratic feuding in New York over repercussions from a new legislative map took another angry turn Wednesday, as a state lawmaker accused Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of thinly-veiled racism for saying he will run against a black lawmaker squeezed by redistricting.
Maloney, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, shocked colleagues this week when he jumped to announce he would run against Rep. Mondaire Jones, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, in a newly created 17th Congressional District.
Jones fumed publicly that Maloney, who is tasked with getting incumbents reelected, had not provided a heads up as a courtesy.
On Wednesday, Rep. Richie Torres, who represents the Bronx, tore into the move. Maloney’s home is now inside the district, but the majority of the voters were represented by Jones.
Lawmakers have accused Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of a conflict after the DCCC chair announced he would run against another New York incumbent, Rep. Mondaire Jones
‘The thinly veiled racism here is profoundly disappointing,’ he fumed on Twitter. ‘A black man is ideologically ill suited to represent a Westchester County District that he represents presently and won decisively in 2020?’
He was referencing Jones, who lives in White Plains and represents much of the new 17th, which includes parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Torres retweeted a post by Punchbowl news that said Maloney allies were ‘spreading the message that Jones would be ideologically better suited to another district.’
Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., fumed that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney didn’t provide a heads up that he would run in the redrawn 17th Congressional District
Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., said it was ‘thinly veiled racism’ to say Jones wasn’t suited to represent the district, where he might face off against Maloney
Bronx-based Rep. Ritichie Torres blasted a report about information spread by Maloney allies
Torres was responding to a reporter’s tweet about Maloney allies
Maloney’s role as head of the party campaign arm has already prompted questions about whether he was using his post to benefit his own interests as opposed to the caucus as a whole.
A dozen House Democrats floated moving Maloney from his campaign post amid the fury, Politico reported.
Torres also told the publication Jones should be regarded as the incumbent, and that ‘it seems like there’s a conflict’ in Maloney’s role as DCCC chair.
Jones hasn’t made a final announcement about what he will do. If he doesn’t run against Maloney, he could end up running against another incumbent, Rep. Jamal Bowman, in a move that would put two progressive members of the Black Caucus against each other.
Triggering the mayhem was a new state map drawn up by a court-ordered special master, after a judge through out a prior map voted by lawmakers in Albany.