New York Congress Final Maps Power NYC Free For All
A court-appointed cartographer released the finalized version of the New York Congress mapscausing a congressman to skip multiple districts to avoid facing another incumbent.
Why is it important: The maps largely retain a key feature of the preliminary maps that put national Democrats in crisis mode this week: a slew of competitive districts that have set back the party in its quest to keep the House.
- Democrats in the state legislature have proposed maps that would give them a chance to halve the number of seats held by the GOP in the state, but a state appeals court overturned those maps and ordered new ones drawn by a special master.
Driving the news: Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones (DN.Y.), who represents suburban New York, launched an offer for the newly vacant 10th Ward, which covers parts of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and is a far cry from where it currently serves.
- Jones, who is gay, highlighted the importance of the LGBT community in the neighborhood, which includes the Stonewall Inn, saying tweets announcing his offer.
- “I am thrilled to show why I am the right person to lead this district,” he wrote. “I worked hard to get real results for New York State.”
The backdrop: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.), who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced a candidacy for a seat made up mostly of Jones’ current district.
- That district includes Maloney’s hometown, while Jones was dragged into Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s (DN.Y.) district. But the decision, taken immediately after the release of the preliminary maps, drew strong reactions from some Democrats.
- Meanwhile, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.), who currently represents the 10th, was dragged into an upper Manhattan district with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.), a longtime House member and chair of the committee.
- Nadler’s 30-year term has cultivated a crowded pew of prominent Democratic politicians from the district waiting in the wings.
The situation: Jones joins an already crowded field of candidates that includes former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and State Senator Brad Hoylman.
- Others are likely to come soon: National Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, for example, is due to make a “major announcement…about her electoral plans” on Saturday.