Top Democrat Says Party Is ‘Not Perfect, But We’re Responsible Adults’ Ahead Of Election

by | Nov 6, 2022 | Politics

One of the top Democrats who is running for reelection in a tight race said Sunday that he believes Democrats are “going to do better than people think on Tuesday,” adding that his party is “not perfect” but “we are responsible adults who believe in this democracy.”Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, faces a tough challenge in Tuesday’s midterm elections from Republican Mike Lawler, who serves on the New York State Assembly. Maloney represents a suburban district north of New York City, which the Democrat says has always been competitive since he was first elected in 2013.Advertisement“I’ve always had a tough race, Chuck,” Maloney told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I beat a Republican to have this seat. I’m the first gay person ever elected to Congress from New York. I’m raising an interracial family in a county Donald Trump won in 2016 by 20 points. It has always been improbable that I would serve in the Congress. I have to go out and earn it every two years.”President Joe Biden is expected to campaign in suburban New York on Sunday, in an effort to use the last few days before the election to sway voters toward vulnerable Democratic candidates like Maloney. After a messy redistricting process in New York that proved disadvantageous for Democrats, the congressman decided to run in the state’s new 17th District instead of his current seat in the 18th District.WATCH: @RepSeanMaloney says Democrats should govern because they “don’t pretend we’re for law enforcement and then ignore 140 cops getting beat up.”Rep. Maloney: “We’re not perfect, but we are responsible adults, who didn’t attack the Capitol on Jan. 6th.” pic.twitter.com/PGKQ5fDGVF— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 6, 2022

“I think this race is razor-close, and I think everybody who cares about the extremism in this MAGA movement ― the racism, the antisemitism, the violence ― needs to get out and vote,” Maloney said. “And that’s not just Democrats, that’s independents and fair-minded Republicans.”AdvertisementMaloney is not the only vulnerable Democrat in this year’s midterm elections. Republicans are eyeing major gains on Tuesday ― specifically in the House ― and are appealing to supporters in the final days to punish Democrats for issues like inflation, public safety, women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights.At the local level, Democratic candidates have been campaigning on topics like the economy, jobs and abortion rights ― which polls have shown are important to voters. At the national level, however, …

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