New York Rep. Richie Torres Accuses DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Maloney of ‘Thinly Veiled Racism’ for Wanting to Run Against Black Colleague Mondaire Jones in Newly Created District

Rep. Mondaire Jones, left, and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. (AP)

The intra-Democratic feuding in New York over repercussions from a new legislative map took another angry turn Wednesday, as a state lawmaker accused Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of thinly-veiled racism for saying he will run against a black lawmaker squeezed by redistricting.

Maloney, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, shocked colleagues this week when he jumped to announce he would run against Rep. Mondaire Jones, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, in a newly created 17th Congressional District.

Jones fumed publicly that Maloney, who is tasked with getting incumbents reelected, had not provided a heads up as a courtesy.

On Wednesday, Rep. Richie Torres, who represents the Bronx, tore into the move. Maloney’s home is now inside the district, but the majority of the voters were represented by Jones.

‘The thinly veiled racism here is profoundly disappointing,’ he fumed on Twitter. ‘A black man is ideologically ill suited to represent a Westchester County District that he represents presently and won decisively in 2020?’

He was referencing Jones, who lives in White Plains and represents much of the new 17th, which includes parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Torres retweeted a post by Punchbowl news that said Maloney allies were ‘spreading the message that Jones would be ideologically better suited to another district.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Geoff Earle

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