We’ve reported previously that the May court-ordered redistricting map of New York has put the state’s most prominent Democrats in a tailspin. There are allegations of racism and calls for resignations as incumbent Democrats, some long-timers, have to choose which of their co-candidates they’ll take on in the primaries.
This has been true for Reps. Jerry Nadler, and Carolyn Maloney. Maloney has served in Congress since 1993 and Nadler since 2013. Maloney represented the 12th Congressional District of the state, and then the 14th. Nadler represents the 10th since he was elected.
Both are competing for the newly drawn 12th Congressional District. To say that things have gotten a little testy between them would be an understatement. Nadler called Maloney “cowardly”, referring to her past stances, while Maloney played the infamous woman’s card on Tuesday.
Tuesday night saw a debate between Nadler and Maloney as well as Suraj Patel, a frequent Maloney challenger, ahead of their August 23rd primary. New Yorkers will remember the debate as one in which Nadler made mistakes and there were times when tensions between the powerful Democrats. However, what the candidates said about President Joe Biden during that debate received the most media attention.
Each candidate was asked during a lightning round if they thought President Biden should run again for office in 2024.
Patel answered with a clear “yes”, but neither Nadler nor Maloney could give a straight answer.
Nadler replied, “Too soon to say.” “It doesn’t serve the purpose for the Democratic Party to, deal with that until after midterms.”
Maloney point blank stated that “I don’t believe he’s running for reelection.”
Take a look at the video below:
“Should President Biden run again in 2024?”
Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler: “Too early to say.”
Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney: “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 3, 2022
Although there have been some Democrats who have not supported Biden’s candidacy, called for him to step aside in 2024, or outright avoided Biden’s campaign trail, Nadler, the Judiciary Chair, and Maloney, the Oversight Committee Chairman are the most powerful members of the House. They have not yet stated whether they would support Biden’s bid in 2024.
You also have to wonder, given their positions, if they know anything we don’t about internal discussions on Biden’s future run for the presidency.
They also failed to answer at a time when speculation over whether Biden, 79 will run for president is at a fever pitch. Democrats are reportedly trying to find alternative candidates considering that Vice President Kamala Hariri – who, according to Democrats, would be the “heir apparent” in case Biden steps aside – has approval rating levels that are similar to Biden’s and continue to embarrass her self whenever she appears in public. This is something she shares with Biden.