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Which 17th Century Democrat Will Win This Critical Primary Race?


Above: House Democratic leadership.

There’s a certain amusement that comes out of the weird New York redistricting that is forcing ancient rich Democrats to run against each other to hold on to whatever power people in their 70s think matters before they die in a few years.

Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York holds a commanding financial advantage over her crosstown Democratic primary opponent, Representative Jerrold Nadler, thanks to a familiar benefactor: herself.

She personally lent her campaign $900,000, according to new filings released late Friday. The loan, combined with another $600,000 or so in outside donations in the second quarter, gives Ms. Maloney $2 million in the bank before the Aug. 23 primary, a closely watched and highly abbreviated contest between two long-serving House committee leaders.

“There was never a doubt that I would continue to fight for the people in my district,” Ms. Maloney, 76, who is one of the richest members of Congress, said of the race in New York’s 12th Congressional District. “Thus, I decided to use some of my retirement savings to invest in this campaign.”

Bob Liff, a spokesman for Ms. Maloney, clarified that the funds had come from her House retirement account.Mr. Nadler, 75, reported $500,000 in contributions, but he did not lend his campaign any money, leaving him with $1.2 million in cash.

“I’m the son of a chicken farmer — no fortune over here!” Mr. Nadler wrote on Twitter, gently knocking Ms. Maloney.

As a whippersnapper of 75, who knows what the future holds for young Nadler!

…..The best part about this post is going to be connecting the outraged commenters of a certain age with the time they posted their comments since they all get up at 4.

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