More now on Rajani vs. Maloney. The political newcomer, who rents an apartment in the East Village, showed a lot of determination (some said chutzpah) in taking on an 18-year incumbent. A short time after learning of her defeat by Congresswoman Maloney, Reshma Saujani told the “East Village Local” she is undeterred:
“I’m definitely running again. What we built was a movement… There’s no way I’m going to be one of those folks who runs, loses, and you never see them again. We started something, and we’re going to finish it.”
It’s primary day in New York. One of the highest profile races in the state is centered in the 14th Congressional District, which includes sections of the Lower East Side. Political observers are looking closely at Reshma Saujani’s run against Rep. Carolyn Maloney, as a barometer of the potency of the anti-incumbent backlash this year.
The talk of the town following yesterday’s radio debate between Rep. Carolyn Maloney and challenger Reshma Saujani was not the debate itself. Instead, it was on comments by Saujani following the bitter encounter that she might not vote in the General Election if Maloney prevailed in the Democratic Primary.
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:
If you didn’t catch Brian Lehrer’s interviews with Rep. Carolyn Maloney and her Democratic challenger, Reshma Saujani, last week, you might want to click on the audio clip below. The candidates in the 14th Congressional District (which includes part of the LES) meet face to face for their only debate a week from today. The back-to-back interviews on WNYC last Friday will give you a pretty good idea what to expect during that midday radio-only encounter:
Last night, I stopped by the 14th Street Y, where Congressional candidate Reshma Saujani was kicking off a series of “community conversations,” leading up to the September 14th Democratic Primary. The former Wall Street lawyer taking on Rep. Carolyn Maloney has had no trouble attracting mainstream media attention. But these sorts of events are arguably a lot more important to an insurgent candidate than any article in the New York Times.
We just got off the phone a few minutes ago with James Allen, press secretary for Congressional candidate Reshma Saujani. He called to let us know about a series of town hall style “community conversations” Saujani will be holding in the next few weeks, leading up to Sept. 14th’s Democratic Primary. The first one is downtown Monday night, in the 14th Street Y Community Room.
It’s a time honored dance in political campaigns. Challenger pressures incumbent to debate. Incumbent avoids committing for as long as possible. Strongly worded press releases go back and forth. The combatants finally come to terms. Debate occurs. As the Democratic Primary race between Rep. Carolyn Maloney and challenger Reshma Saujani heats up, a new weapon has been deployed: a countdown clock!