A congressman drawn out of his suburban New York district after the unconstitutional gerrymander by state Democrats is telling potential supporters he has the backing of highly effective Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi in his bid to beat out a crowded discipline for a newly drawn district working from Park Slope to decrease Manhattan
Rep. Mondaire Jones — who swooped in from Rockland County to run within the Democratic major in newly redrawn tenth Congressional District as an alternative of his redrawn seventeenth — has been boasting that Pelosi is aiding his marketing campaign to maintain him within the Home of Representatives, Democratic sources informed The Put up.
Former New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera are among the many candidates vying for the open seat, vacated by veteran Rep. Jerry Nadler when he determined to problem Carolyn Maloney after his Higher West Facet district was faraway from the tenth.
Pelosi reached out to leaders on the nationwide AFL-CIO to encourage its New York associates to think about endorsing Jones, the congressman stated whereas making pitches for assist.
“Jones stated Pelosi is working interference for him,” a union official informed The Put up on Thursday.
Jones additionally stated Pelosi made telephone calls to discourage Dan Goldman — the chief Democratic Home Intelligence Committee lawyer in the course of the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump and who resides within the district — from coming into the race.
Jones stated Pelosi informed Goldman that “I’m going to be handled as an incumbent” within the election, a supply stated.
In response to the sources, Jones additionally stated he’s going to defeat former Mayor Invoice de Blasio in the first marketing campaign and urged Democratic Get together sources to leap on board.
He additionally was dismissive of different candidates or potential candidates. For instance, Jones informed occasion insiders that Rivera can’t elevate the funds essential to run a aggressive race.
Goldman’s camp didn’t deny Jones’ declare that Pelosi spoke to him concerning the major race and favored Jones.
“Because the lead counsel of the Home’s first impeachment of Donald Trump, Dan Goldman talks ceaselessly with members of Congress. He doesn’t share these conversations publicly,” a supply near Goldman stated.
The Jones marketing campaign had no instant remark.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill stated: “Congressman Mondaire Jones is a well-respected member of the Democratic Caucus who has been a tireless advocate for New Yorkers. The Speaker has but to make any endorsements because the new map has been finalized and has not discouraged anybody from working.
“Nevertheless, the Speaker’s observe is to deal with incumbents as incumbents in no matter district they run in,” Hammill stated.
One Democratic supply stated Jones’ pitch to the occasion devoted was “a lot naivete and vanity” and turned some distinguished Democrats off.
The primary-term congressman at the moment represents the seventeenth congressional district that features all of Rockland County and components of Westchester. However underneath the court-ordered redistricting plan, his district now stretches farther north into Putnam and Dutchess counties.
A particular grasp redrew the congressional maps after the courts struck down districts drafted by Democratic lawmakers as unlawful partisan gerrymandering, which Republicans derided because the “Hochulmander” as a result of Gov. Kathy Hochul permitted them.
Rep. Sean Patrick Patrick Maloney, who serves within the neighboring 18th CD and is chairman of the Democratic Nationwide Committee, introduced that he would run within the newly drawn seventeenth CD — setting off a possible major with Jones.
Jones then shocked New York Democrats by saying final week he would run within the tenth CD. He insisted in personal talks with Democrats that the swap was not a part of a cope with Patrick Maloney.
A progressive homosexual black man, Jones informed Democrats he feels a connection to the district, which incorporates neighborhoods with a heavy presence of LGBT voters, similar to Greenwich Village and Park Slope.