Jerry Nadler Scrambling for Survival after Bombshell Court Decision
New York Democrat congressman left fighting to save career
Anti-Trump Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is left fighting for his career in Congress after a court's bombshell ruling on New York's redistricting map.
New York's new congressional districts are pitting longtime party “titans” against each other in battles for survival.
The new congressional district lines, released by a special master on Monday, could spell doom for Nadler as he's forced to go head-to-head against another veteran congressional Democrat.
Nadler — the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who was first elected to Congress in 1992 — has now found himself moved out of the safety of his old seat.
He has now been thrust into fighting a primary in a new district already represented by a Democrat who’s been in Congress as long as he has.
Nadler is going to be up against Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York City Democrat who entered the House in 1993, according to the New York Post.
And for the amusement of conservatives around the country, who watched Nadler waddle across the national political landscape for nearly two generations, the political blood-letting should be as entertaining as it gets.
Nadler has already launched the first volley, announcing almost immediately after the map was released that he’s running in his new district.
Statement from Congressman Jerrold Nadler: pic.twitter.com/3BS8CiqKIP— (((Jerry Nadler))) (@JerryNadler) May 16, 2022
While griping that the new lines “violate NYS constitutional requirements” Nadler declared, in effect, that he’s going to try to oust Maloney if the lines are finalized on Friday.
And he did it, the Post reported, without even a courtesy call to his longtime colleague Maloney.
Maloney has made it clear she isn’t stepping aside for anybody, according to the Post.
And she clearly didn’t like the idea of Nadler trying to bigfoot his way into pushing her out.
“I thought it was disrespectful,” she told the Post.
"We’ve served together a long time. He’s running in my district."
Actually, it’s no one’s district now.
And Democrats have no one to blame for that but themselves.
Democratic lawmakers, with the approval of Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul, drew congressional maps that grossly favored their party.
As the liberal New York Daily News reported, the maps would have given Democrats “an advantage in 22 of the state’s 26 congressional districts.”
The state’s congressional delegation now is made up of 21 Democrats and seven Republicans, with one vacancy.
With Democrats now controlling the House by a handful of votes and the party expected to take a drubbing in the November midterms, the blatantly partisan map was essentially an attempt to steal enough congressional seats to limit or even prevent a potential Republican majority in the next Congress.
But in April, the state Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York, ruled the map was both unconstitutional and improperly adopted.
“The Democrats got what they deserved,” Arthur Schwartz, law chairman with the Manhattan Democratic Party, told the Post.
"They got too cute.
"You can’t yell ‘gerrymander!’ and then do it yourself in extreme fashion."
Considering that every member of that court was named by Democratic governors, as the Associated Press reported, that says not even partisan appointees could stand the stench of the steal.
This brings the conversation back to Jerry Nadler and his loathsome brand of political opportunism.
This is the politician who stood in 1998 against the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton on the grounds that elections should not be overturned, then enthusiastically supported and helped lead two impeachments against Trump — even acting as a House manager for the first in 2020.
This is the federal lawmaker who claimed the depredations inflicted on the nation by the terrorist thugs known as “Antifa” are imaginary, but claimed that the justified acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on murder charges in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in November was “heartbreaking” and a “miscarriage of justice.”
However, Maloney is not anyone any conservative would cheer on.
She’s currently the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, which has no interest in oversight when it comes to anything that might embarrass President Joe Biden or his White House.
In the run-up to November 2020, she used her position on oversight to stoke claims that the Trump administration was using the United States Postal Service to steal the election – in hindsight, a painful example of Democratic hypocrisy irony if ever there was one.
The Nadler-Maloney battle isn’t the only fratricidal campaign that’s going to be unleashed in New York, thanks to the redrawn map.
But it’s going to be the one conservatives can take the most amount of entertainment from.