Some Democrats are singing the post-midterm election blues while Republicans countrywide are scratching their heads and pondering where their projected red wave went.
Sean Patrick Maloney is a vital member of them. In addition to losing his congressional seat in New York, he also did so while serving as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a group whose goal is to elect Democrats to Congress.
Maloney had strong words for one of the party’s national stars, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while delivering a serious critique of the Democrats’ comparatively weak performance in his state.
He was questioned about her criticism by The New York Times in an interview published on Thursday: “There is a debate in New York right now about the New York Democratic Party, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and some on the left are arguing its leadership is part of the problem here. Is that a conversation you are a part of?”
Malone said, “The last time I ran into AOC, we were beating her endorsed candidate two to one in a primary,”. “And I didn’t see her one minute of these midterms helping our House majority.”
“So, I’m not sure what kind of advice she has, but I’m sure she’ll be generous with it.
“But let’s be clear, she had almost nothing to do with what turned out to be a historic defense of our majority.”
“Didn’t pay a dollar of dues. Didn’t do anything for our frontline candidates except give them money when they didn’t want it from her.”
“She’s an important voice in our politics. But when it comes to passing our agenda through the Congress, or standing our ground on the political battlefield, she was nowhere to be found.”
Geographic New York is a sea of red beyond the urban areas, much like the majority of the rest of the nation. But in addition to the blue cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, there are other minor, heavily populated Democrat legislative and U.S. House districts in the area around New York City, which determine the state’s policies.
However, things were not good for the Empire State in blue.
Republican Lee Zeldin won with 46.8 percent of the vote to 52.4 percent for Democrat Kathy Hochul in the four New York City suburb U.S. House districts that went blue on Tuesday.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
In his interview with the Times, Maloney blamed fears concerning crime and anti-Hochul votes in the suburbs for the Democrats’ problems in the state.
“The governor really struggled in the suburbs, and it clearly had an effect on our races as well,” he said. “I want to be clear: I’m not blaming the governor, it’s just a fact that she was able to make up the difference in the city, but that doesn’t help in suburban districts.”