Despite retaining the Senate majority under a predicted Red Wave, Democrats haven’t been immune to the blame game this election cycle as they point fingers at each other for major gains Republicans made in New York House race.
Republicans weren’t able to beat New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul but made notable wins, including flipping Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, seat.
The GOP also managed to flip House seats for the 3rd, 4th, and 19th Congressional districts.
Amid many races being flipped by Republicans, the mudslinging among high-profile New York Democrats began.
On November 9, a day after Election Day, the mudslinging began.
An advisor to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), Howard Wolfson, kickstarted the blame game on Twitter.
Wolfson tweeted that the midterm results in the state weren’t as great as they could have been because New York Democrats “screwed up redistricting and ignored voter concerns about crime and disorder.”
In an interview published on Thursday (November 10) with the New York Times, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), who represents New York’s 14th district and handily won her reelection bid, believed “leaning into Republican narratives on crime and safety” hurt New York Democrats.
Maloney, who lost his bid for New York’s 17th district, had a war of words on Twitter with Ocasio-Cortez about her blaming New York’s Democratic leadership for the losses.
Discussing his issues with Ocasio-Cortez, Maloney revealed the New York progressive “had almost nothing to do with what turned out to be a historic defense of our majority.”
Maloney added that Ocasio-Cortez’s assistance was purely monetary, as she donated to candidates who didn’t want money from her.