Maloney cries ‘misogyny’ after losing to Nadler in NY battle of Democratic dinosaurs

In what proved to be a battle of two Democratic dinosaurs, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler has defeated U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, in New York’s newly drawn 12th Congressional District.

Both Nadler, 75, and Maloney, 76, have been in Congress for over 30 years and were matched up in a head-to-head contest due to redistricting. Nadler, who was endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and The New York Times, won easily with 55.4% of the vote compared to Maloney’s scant 24.4% — this is with 99% reporting. Attorney Suraj Patel, who was running on the theme that it was time for a change, had 19.1%.

Nadler has served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee since 2019 and played a key role in the political targeting of former President Donald Trump in the Democrats’ first sham impeachment, and Maloney is the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

A Democrat, of course, Maloney complained that she was the victim of “sexist systems and misogyny” in reacting to Tuesday’s loss, according to the New York Post.

“I’m really sad that we no longer have a woman representing Manhattan in Congress,” Maloney told supporters, adding later, “In Congress, it is that when women are at the table, great decisions get made.”

The race was bitter at times, with Maloney citing a New York Post editorial that referenced Nadler mistakenly saying during a debate that he impeached President George W. Bush “twice” instead of Trump.

“They call him ‘senile,’” she said. “They cite his performance at the debate where he couldn’t even remember who he impeached. He said he impeached Bush!”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement on the race Tuesday evening acknowledging Maloney’s contributions over the years.

“During her three decades in the House, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney has been a deeply respected leader in our Caucus and a champion for integrity,” the release said. “House Democrats are grateful for Chairwoman Maloney’s tenacious leadership. Her longtime public service will be profoundly missed in the Congress and by her constituents and the country.”

As for Nadler, he said “voters made their voices heard tonight,” according to the Post.

He also addressed the criticism of choosing to take on Maloney in the newly drawn 12th District rather than running in the redrawn 10th District: “This place is my home. Why would I want to be any place else?”

Pelosi seemed pleased with the outcome.

“Congratulations to Chairman Jerry Nadler on prevailing in the election,” she said. “For three decades in the House, Chairman Nadler has been a commanding force for freedom and justice: whether protecting our children from gun violence, fighting for civil rights for all or defending our Democracy.

“His leadership has been essential to advancing many of our key priorities For The People, whether welcoming immigrants to our country, protecting a woman’s right to choose or passing voting rights legislation. Our Caucus, the Congress and the Country will greatly benefit from his continued leadership.”

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