New York Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is running for re-election, a decision that has drawn controversy from the start.
Maloney now represents the 18th Congressional District. When those districts were redrawn in redistricting, he chose to run in the new map’s 17th Congressional District. And that decision ousted incumbent 17th Congressman Mondaire Jones, a rising star in the Democrats’ progressive wing.
Jones chose to move to another part of New York and run in a new area. But the shuffle drew frustration from progressives, who fielded a primary challenger for Maloney.
Maloney acknowledged last month that he could have “handled it a lot better,” according to the Daily News.
Maloney also serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raises funds for House candidates.
Here’s what you need to know about Maloney, who is running against Democratic New York state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in Tuesday’s primary.
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Who is Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney?
Maloney represents New York State’s 18th Congressional District. He was first elected to Congress in November 2012 and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, according to Congress.gov.
Prior to serving in Congress, he was a senior advisor to former President Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2000.
After leaving the White House, he worked for two Democratic governors in New York.
Maloney received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1998 and 1992, according to Ballotpedia.
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Who has endorsed Maloney?
Maloney is supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton will vote for Maloney in a “recently redeveloped suburban district that includes his home in Chappaqua,” he said in a statement provided to The New York Times.
In his endorsement of Maloney, Clinton said, “Sean has proven that he can win tough elections and build coalitions to get things done for our communities and continue our progress.”
Maloney and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, also known as the DCCC, has come under fire this election cycle for running ads aimed at attacking some of former President Donald Trump’s candidates.
Maloney defended the DCCC ads Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he said his job “is to win elections for Democrats.” He disputed that Trump’s tactic of focusing on candidates puts party above all else.
“Absolutely not, we’ve put party before country. The moral imperative right now, Mr. Todd, is to keep the dangerous MAGA Republicans who voted to un-elect us out of office,” he told host Chuck Todd.
The DCCC spent about $435,000 on an addition that drew attention to Republican Rep. Peter Major of Michigan’s opponent, Rep. John Gibbs, who was endorsed by Trump.
Maloney said Sunday that Democrats will defeat Gibbs.
“And we believe that by keeping these dangerous people out of power, we are addressing the broader moral imperative,” he added.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What you need to know about New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney