The prospect of a bad fir between two New York Democrats in neighboring US House districts faded early Saturday.
agent mondair jones (D.N.Y.), a first-term progressive, announced on Twitter that he was choosing not to compete in the primary against Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D.N.Y.), who chaired the Democratic congressional campaign committee. and announced plans earlier this week to run for the seat currently near Jones.
Instead, Jones plans to move to New York’s newly created 10th Congressional District, which includes lower Manhattan and several adjacent areas in central and south Brooklyn.
Jones, one of the first two openly gay black men in Congress, noted that lower Manhattan is home to the Stonewall Inn, where an insurgency in 1969 started the LGBTQ rights movement.
“It’s the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ rights movement,” she tweeted Shortly after the final is issued by the Court-appointed Special Master of the State of New York Congressional district map, “Long before the Stonewall Rebellion, queer people of color have sought refuge within its borders.”
Jones’ announcement eases the tension that was there before building from monday When the Special Master issued a preliminary draft of the new Congressional District Maps. (final maps published early saturday morning Includes minor changes from Monday’s draft.)
Soon after Monday’s maps were revealed, Maloney, who currently represents New York’s 18th congressional district, announced that he planned to run in the re-created 17th Congressional District.
The move was controversial because Jones currently represents New York City’s 17th, which includes suburban communities and smaller towns north of New York City.
Under the limits unveiled on Monday, Maloney will be ranked 17th and Jones will no longer be in his district. But the new 17th mostly consists of communities that are currently near Jones, not Maloney.
Jones cried foul, complaining that Maloney had failed to give her notice before the decision was announced.
“Shawn Patrick Maloney didn’t even give me a heads up before making that announcement on Twitter,” Jones told Politico, “And I think it tells you everything you need to know about Sean Patrick Maloney.”
Jones’ allies in Congress and the world of progressive activism presented additional objections.
Representative Richie Torres (D.Y.), an openly gay black man in Congress with Jones, argued that Jones should be seen as the incumbent on New York’s 17th by default, and Maloney’s. Allies accused thatclosely veiled racismTo argue that Jones would be a better ideological fit in a different seat.
Maloney appears to have put Jones in a position to choose between running against him and running against Rep. Jamal Bowman, a fellow black progressive in his first term, added insult to injury. (In the new map, both Jones and Bowman live in the 16th Congressional District, which Bowman represents in Congress.)
Other Democrats accused Maloney of putting his electoral fortunes ahead of the party, in defiance of his responsibilities as head of the DCCC, the campaign arm of the House Democrats. Maloney’s current seat, New York’s 18th, was designed to advance into the conservative, rural communities of upstate New York, making it harder for her to hold on.
If Maloney followed through on plans to run against Jones, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y) told Politico that she should resign as head of the DCCC.
However in the end, Jones decided that despite his complaints with Maloney, he did not want to compete for New York’s 17th place. It is possible that Jones feared a 17th district that expanded northward into more rural counties would prove less responsive to his progressive brand and potentially put him at risk in the general election.
As a Rockland County native and Westchester County resident, Jones may now face criticisms of his own for running in an area he had never previously represented in elected office.
Although Jones has substantial campaign cash, he is due to compete in a crowded field of Democrats who already live in or represent New York’s 10th place. Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), a resident of Brooklyn’s eclectic Park Slope neighborhood, and State Sen. Brad Hoyleman (D) have both announced their intention to run for the seat. New York Assembly Women yuh-line niow (D) and New York City Councilwoman carlina rivera has also indicated that he plans to run in the primary for a secure Democratic seat.
Jones will have time until August 23 to introduce himself to voters on the 10th. (Earlier this month, a federal judge required New York state to postpone its June congressional primaries to provide time for candidates and voters to adjust to the new maps.)
Jones suggested on Twitter that he plans to follow through on his record over the past two years, such as helping support the US rescue plan, infrastructure legislation, investing in affordable housing and protecting LGBTQ rights.
“I’m excited to make my stand on why I am the right person to lead this district and to continue my work in Congress to protect our democracy from far-flung threats,” he said. wrote, “In my first term in Congress, I worked hard to deliver real results for New York State.”