Committee chair pitted against committee chair. The head of the Democratic Caucus looped in with another senior Black Democrat. The party’s campaign chief accused of bigfooting his way into the district of a Black freshman.
The newly redrawn New York congressional map didn’t just erase the political advantage the party hoped to gain through gerrymandering before state courts stepped in to stop them. It also set New York’s Democratic incumbents against each other in a zero-sum game of survival — which will soon see some of them brawling in primaries and left others pleading with the court-appointed map-drawer to change course.
By Monday night, it was apparent just how ugly it could get, as Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) made clear what he thought of neighboring Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s decision to declare a run for a district made up of more of Jones’ turf.
“Sean Patrick Maloney did not even give me a heads up before he went on Twitter to make that announcement,” Jones said. “And I think that tells you everything you need to know about Sean Patrick Maloney.”