I wonder how used Rep. Steve Israel feels now that someone else is now set to run against Gillibrand after he stepped aside at the pleasure of the usurper-in-charge? I wonder if Maloney is going to get a phone call from the resident select asking her not to run and keep the path clear for Gillibrand? OR…I wonder if Maloney is going to get help from the WH because she is more in tune with their radical leftist regime than Gillibrand?
Last month, Rep. Steve Israel of New York said he deferred to a request from Obama to sit out a bid to run in the Senate primary against appointed Sen. Kristin Gillibrand.
Israel was poised to announce his candidacy until the president intervened at the request of Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Menendez of New Jersey.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney plans to announce a primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her Web site Thursday morning, according to two sources including a member of New York’s congressional delegation.
Maloney disputed that characterization in a brief hallway interview.
“Where did you get that from?” she asked. “It’s not true.”
Regardless of the timing or venue, several of her New York colleagues, including Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Anthony D. Weiner, said Maloney has told them she will run. She has also indicated to political allies in her “silk stocking” district on Manhattan’s Upper East Side that she is preparing a bid.
New York Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing, whose district overlaps with Maloney’s and who shares a close working relationship with the congresswoman, said an announcement on Maloney’s Senate intentions was pending, but could not confirm a specific date.
The decision to run sets up what could be an expensive primary.
Gillibrand was appointed earlier this year by Gov. David A. Paterson when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of State, with the special election in 2010 to determine who will serve out the remainder of Clinton’s term. Since then, Gillibrand has struggled to consolidate support among Democrats, particularly those from downstate, and her centrist voting record during two terms in the House could provide fodder for a divisive contest.
That is something national Democrats have tried to avoid, with New York’s senior senator, Charles E. Schumer , Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez and the White House all taking pains to clear Gillibrand’s path to the nomination.
Up to this point, Democrats have not felt the need to stage the same sort of intervention with Maloney or with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy , an anti-gun activist who represents the 4th District, on Long Island.
Israel, said one Democratic operative who asked not to be identified, “could have been a real problem, a real threat,” thanks to his popularity downstate as well as his fundraising abilities.
Bing predicted that Maloney would benefit from the “tremendous amount of press” she recently received for cosponsoring legislation overhauling credit card fee practices (PL 111-24).
He said Maloney’s legislative record is “more significant than Sen. Gillibrand’s.”
Gillibrand was first elected to the House in 2006 from a moderate swing district based in the Upper Hudson Valley, where she compiled a record on gun rights, immigration and fiscal conservatism at odds with the base of New York’s Democratic party. Maloney will no doubt seek to exploit Gillibrand’s House votes in a primary.
In May, CQ studied the differences in the House voting records of Gillibrand, Maloney and Israel, revealing that Maloney, a member of the liberal Progressive Caucus, has a voting record that is significantly more in tune with Democratic orthodoxy than Gillibrand’s.
A few other items of interest from Maloney’s GovTrack Bio:
Maloney is a far-left Democrat according to GovTrack’s own analysis of bill sponsorship.
Maloney is a leader. Other Members of Congress tend to cosponsor Maloney’s bills. For more, see congressional statistics.
The top campaign contribution to Maloney in 2007-2008 was $16,200 from employees of Triumvirate Environmental. Carolyn Maloney’s net worth was between $17,009,100 and $83,585,994 in 2007, according to Maloney’s mandated financial disclosure statements. For more information, see the Center for Responsive Politics’ page for Maloney.
Campaign Contrib. Sector Totals
|Energy & Natural Resources||$6,900||$0||$6,900|
|Finance, Insurance & Real Estate||$130,250||$48,500||$81,750|
|Lawyers & Lobbyists||$31,650||$2,500||$29,150|
Carolyn Maloney sits on the following committees:
New Yorkers better think before they vote for another Chris Dodd and Barney Frank who is just another multi-millionaire with nothing better to do than put forward legislation that hurts everyday working citizens, (i.e. Credit Card Reform Bill). Oh, I forgot, New York is screwed because the other choice is Gillibrand.