Redistricting Shake-Up: Sen. Biaggi To Challenge DCCC Chair SPM For NY-17, While Mondaire Jones Runs For NY-10

Ok so for those keeping score, Special Master Jonathan Cervas carves up NY Congressional and State Senate seats, Monday, May 16th moves Rep. Mondaire Jones‘ White Plains resident in Congressman Jamaal Bowman district, Senator Biaggi no longer running to succeed Congressman Tom Suozzi seat he vacating to run for governor, DCCC Chairman decides it may be easier to run for Mondaire’s seat in the 17th District to the dismay of House Dems and historically Black districts around the states including in the Bronx and Brooklyn were divided for starters.

New York Judge Patrick McAllister approved the court-appointed special master’s new congressional map for the state late Friday, May 20th.

The Empire State will now have at least one incumbent-versus-incumbent House primary as longtime Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney will both run for the new 12th Congressional District in Manhattan.

However, some other member-vs.-member primaries seem to have been avoided as Rep. Mondaire Jones, announced he would run in the new 10th District – a seat that merges parts of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn – leaving Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney without an incumbent primary challenger in the new 17th District. The open 10th District has attracted a wave of interest from local politicians, including from former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced his candidacy for the seat on Friday, and state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, who entered the race a day later. The new maps also pull together the districts of longtime Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler, who represents Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and Carolyn Maloney, who represents the Upper East Side. Both now say they will now run for the new 12th District, setting up a clash in the Aug. 23 primary.

Bowman and Jones complained that the new maps split Black and Hispanic districts in ways that would reduce their representation in Congress. While Nadler complained that the map arbitrarily switched to dividing Manhattan north-to-south instead of east-to-west, the way it had been for decades.

Ok now that we are sort of caught up State Senator Alessandra Biaggi announces her plans for 2022

Biaggi, a two-term state Senator announced in February she would be running for the open congressional seat in the state’s third district, current held by Congressman Tom Suozzi, who is vacating the seat and running for governor. Biaggi received several endorsements for her bid for Suozzi’s seat including one by fellow progressive Congressman Bowman. But according to state Democratic sources, Biaggi may be now eyeing Bowman’s 16 District seat.

Well Monday, Biaggi announced she will officially not be running to Suozzi’s NY3 Congressional seat. So, what does that leave Richie Torres’ NY15 seat, AOC’s NY14 seat, or Bowman’s NY16 seat. We already knew she wasn’t running for re-election for her 34th State Senate seat and Miguelina Camilo is the favorite for that seat. So, what’s next for the progressive senator, Tuesday she finally put an end to all the speculation and announced she will be running for the NY17 seat challenging Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

“You should be taking a seat, not running for one,” Biaggi tweeted. “After failing so spectacularly at your only job as DCCC chair—to hold and gain Dem seats—this is weak.”

Biaggi, who dropped plans to run for New York’s Queens and Nassau County-spanning third district after the state’s new congressional lines were unveiled last week, says that Maloney’s “selfish” decision to challenge Jones had left him unscathed. It’s a big part of motivating. to run against him.

“People are angry, straight up,” Biaggi said. “He didn’t even have the courtesy to call the current rep and say, ‘Hey, let’s talk about this.’ He decided to do it without any hesitation. He thought of himself instead of thinking of the party.

Biaggi was one of the first Dems to slam Maloney, the chair of the powerful Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, when he recently announced his intention to run in the new 17th congressional district, mostly in Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties Jones. Includes rear turf.

So where does that leave Congressman Mondaire Jones?

Jones, who currently represents the 17th District in Westchester, was put in an especially difficult position by the new map. First, his district was carved up. Then, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney rankled many in the party by announcing he would run for a new district included in Jones’ current seat.

That forced Jones to decide between running against Maloney, who oversees the party’s House campaign apparatus, or Rep. Jamaal Bowman, another Black freshman progressive who is an ally of Jones. Jones decided not to run against either, deciding instead to run against former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in the newly drawn 10th District.

In a statement announcing the move, Jones railed against the new map as one “designed to reduce the number of Democrats serving New Yorkers in Congress.” But he said he is excited to run in a district that includes “the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ rights movement,” noting it was home to the nexus of the Stonewall Uprising

This is just the latest development in the redistricting shake-up, NY Dems attempt to hold on to their slim margin in the House of Representatives and the fight for democracy!