Republicans double down on unseating Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) as his committee tries a last-ditch attempt to save him.
Earlier this year, the House Republican’s main super PAC, Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced they were going to spend millions on an attempt to unseat Maloney in the midterms.
At the time, the confident congressman projected the DCCC, the committee he chairs, would not need to spend money to help him win. In fact, in April, Maloney went so far as to say, “I don’t see a scenario where that’s going to happen,” and this past weekend, he claimed that the NRCC and CLF are “lighting [money] on fire” to unseat him.
However, after a couple of bad polls came out for Maloney showing Republican challenger Mike Lawler (NY) winning, it was reported that the DCCC would be spending $600,000 in New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District to help its chairman.
What’s interesting is roughly two weeks ago, Politico reported that the DCCC lacked the funds needed to help other vulnerable members.
However, in response to Maloney’s attacks on the Republicans for trying to unseat him and the DCCC now spending money to help him, the NRCC announced it would be upping by $867,000 its original investment to oust him.
NRCC spokeswoman Samantha Bullock noted, “Sean Patrick Maloney is going to lose, no matter how much money he steals from other Democrats attempting to save himself.”
It will be historical if the Republicans are successful at defeating Maloney, as a sitting House campaign chair has not lost reelection since 1992.
But this week, after the Cook Political Report moved New York’s Seventeenth Congressional District from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss Up,” the publication’s editor explained that the defeat would be historic since “a sitting DCCC/NRCC chair has not lost reelection since 1992 (when NRCC Chair Guy Vander Jagt lost his primary in Michigan), and hasn’t lost a general election since 1980, when DCCC Chair Jim Corman lost in California.”
If the Republicans can successfully unseat Maloney, it will play a key role in helping out their larger goal of needing to net five seats to win back a GOP majority and oust Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from her speakership.
This midterm election will be the second time the Republicans are attempting to take back the majority from the Democrats after they lost it in 2018 — the first time in eight years. In the 2020 election, the Republicans attempted to take back the House but fell short, leaving the left with a tiny majority, something the establishment media said would not be possible, as it claimed the GOP would lose even more seats.
Ultimately, the Democrats lost 13 seats in the House in 2020, which reduced their majority margin from 36 to 1o.
For Republicans, winning the majority will require a net gain of only five seats in November, and much is on the line in both the House and the U.S. Senate, where they only need to net one seat. Republicans winning either one could mean the Democrats and President Joe Biden will have more difficulty passing their agenda items before the next presidential election.