Sean Patrick Maloney to Face Off Against Mike Lawler in Nov. 8’s General Election

Sean Patrick Maloney to Face Off Against Mike Lawler in Nov. 8’s General Election

By Yehudit Garmaise

US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a moderate Democrat, easily triumphed last night over the more progressive candidate: state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, in the Democrat primary to run for the seat to represent Rockland County’s 17th district in the US House of Representatives.

Since 2012, Maloney has represented New York’s 18th District, but he sought to represent Rockland County after New York’s redistricting redrew his Cold Spring home into the 17th District, which is known as a swing district that can go to either Republican or Democrats: depending on the candidate.

Rep. Maloney, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a powerful committee that seeks to boost the elections of Democratic congressional candidates to keep the party’s majority in the House, has the backing of old-school Democratic standbys, such as The New York Times, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former President Bill Clinton.

State Sen. Biaggi, who has been criticized by many former staffers for employing an oppressive management style that runs counter to her “values,” according to Politico, was backed by many progressive organizations, such as the Working Families Party. In addition, Biaggi was endorsed by far-left-winger US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who in 2018, coined the term, “the Squad” to describe her coterie of young, newly-elected Reps, who all speak out virulently against Israel.

“Tonight, [the] mainstream won,” US Rep. Maloney said in his victory speech to his supporters who were watching the election’s results in Peekskill. “Common sense won. Democrats want candidates who get results and bring home the win.

“This primary made us stronger and together we will keep fighting for a better future for our country, starting with holding this seat and holding the House.” 

Maloney’s next battle will be to face state Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler (97th), who easily beat four other candidates, in what is expected to be a competitive race on Nov. 

Last night, Rep. Maloney painted Lawler as “a radical, anti-choice, pro-gun MAGA Republican,” but in a statement, Lawler dismissed Maloney as a wealthy member of the Washington establishment whose policies create high inflation, crime, and tax rates.

“I congratulate Congressman Maloney on his primary victory, but [I] will work day and night to defeat him on Tuesday, November 8,” Lawler said in a statement. “My neighbors literally can’t afford another two years of him in Congress.”

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