Yesterday the New York Times endorsed Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who’s running for re-election in the 14th Congressional District. Today the Daily News backs Reshma Saujani, challenging Maloney in the September 14th Democratic Primary:
It has been 18 years since a challenger has defeated an incumbent member of Congress from New York City. So it takes more than a little moxie for an upstart not only to take on a veteran, but to run strong. Reshma Saujani has managed both feats in the district that encompasses Manhattan‘s East Side and part of western Queens. In the process, she has highlighted how badly the city’s Washington delegation needs fresh ideas and energy. A Yale Law School graduate of Indian heritage, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Uganda as political refugees, Saujani is taking on 18 year officeholder Rep. Carolyn Maloney with the theme that longevity alone is not good enough. She’s right, and the Daily News endorses Saujani in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.
The News did not directly address concerns about Saujani’s Wall Street ties, which even the candidate acknowledges, are especially pervasive on the Lower East Side. Instead, the editorial argues, more generally, that Saujani’s background is a virtue:
Voters of this presumably left-leaning district should be comfortable with Saujani’s positions while appreciating that she outdoes Maloney on cutting-edge topics like education reform. Her work as a lawyer in the financial sector – the lifeblood of the New York economy – is also a plus. She supports reasonable regulation while ruling out destructive demonization of Wall Street. She urges new tax credits to spur business innovation – and pledges to be a champion on immigration reform, which, based on her life history, she is likely to do with passion.
The News faults Maloney for supporting President Obama’s fiscal policies and failing to fight harder for the victims of 9/11:
Maloney has worthy accomplishments. For example, she sponsored the bill that required banks to reveal ATM fees, as well as a measure last year that strengthened credit card protections. She has also doggedly worked to provide sickened 9/11 rescue and recovery workers with compensation and health coverage. This page has often praised Maloney’s perseverance on the issue. At the same time, she has essentially been a lockstep member of a congressional majority that joined with President Obama in pushing through legislation that has proven fiscally irresponsible. Ill-designed, the $800 million stimulus program bought far too little economic bang for the buck, while health care reform fell a long way from controlling costs. Then, too, it must be said that nine years have passed since 9/11, and the sick still await help. When George W. Bush was President, Maloney and fellow New York Dems criticized him for refusing to uphold the nation’s obligation to the ill. They promised that an Obama presidency would be different. It wasn’t, but Maloney’s critical voice fell silent. Finally, last month, Obama volunteered that he would sign a 9/11 compensation and health bill – not that he would fight for one, and not at Maloney’s urging. Instead, he acted in response to controversy he engendered by commenting on a planned mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero. So much for the value of Maloney’s seniority.
The newspaper concludes:
With appreciation for her service, the truth must be told: Maloney has complacently maxed out. The time for new vision and higher energy has arrived. Vote Saujani.