Nadler, Maloney to face off in epic Manhattan-centric House Democratic primary
Matchup between Capitol Hill stalwarts result of redrawn N.Y. congressional map
Manhattan-area Democratic Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney will run against each other in his summer's primary for the newly drawn 12th Congressional District of New York.
Maloney and Nadler – each leaders of powerful committees who have served just under two decades and are stalwart House liberals – simultaneously announced Monday that they will seek reelection in the new district.
In a Twitter post, Nadler questioned the constitutionality of the map-making process but nevertheless said he'd run again.
"I believe these newly proposed lines by the Special Master violate the NYS constitutional requirements of keeping communities of interest together and keeping the cores of existing districts largely intact," he wrote.
"However, provided that they become permanent, I very much look forward to running in and representing the people of the newly created 12th District of New York."
Fifteen minutes after Nadler's post went up, Maloney wrote, "I am proud to announce that I will be running to continue to represent the 12th Congressional District. A majority of the communities in the newly redrawn NY-12 are ones I have represented for yers and to which I have deep ties."
Maloney, 76, currently represents the 12th District. Nadler, 74, represents the 10th.
The state's congressional primary is scheduled for August 23. It was postponed after a judge tossed the maps originally redrawn by a redistricting commission. A special master was then given the assignment of redrawing the lines.
The newly redrawn 12th District would pit Maloney against Nadler in an area that is more-or-less the middle of Manhattan.