Voters in the northern suburbs of New York City face a choice this August between two candidates with distinct visions for the future of the Democratic Party and with different histories in the district.
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is a longtime resident of the newly drawn district, and he knows its constituents well. His positions on the big issues — climate change, housing affordability, public safety, abortion rights, L.G.B.T.Q. rights — are consistent with what this district needs, and he has a record of supporting them with votes in Congress. “When you represent a district that voted for Donald Trump, as I do, you take seriously trying to listen to people’s priorities. And a lot of those are pretty nonpartisan” — including infrastructure, agriculture issues, veterans’ issues and clean drinking water — Mr. Maloney said in an interview with the editorial board.
What gave the board pause is that this summer, while Mr. Maloney was the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, it funded an ad that promoted an extreme right-wing candidate in a Michigan Republican primary election — an egregious decision at a time when the stakes for democratic norms have never been higher.
Mr. Maloney faces a worthy challenger in Alessandra Biaggi. Ms. Biaggi is a rising star in New York politics who has championed proper ethics, women’s rights and abortion rights. She is known for passionately serving her constituents, and she understands the need to build trust with those who disagree with her. “We don’t always go into the rooms with people who might not either understand the policies that we’re trying to pass or [might] be angry about the policies that we’re trying to pass,” she told the editorial board. That acknowledgment is an appealing example of what the progressive movement in Congress could be, but she has only just moved into the district, and her politics are more progressive than those of many of its residents.
Mr. Maloney is the better choice for the voters of the 17th District. He has our endorsement.
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