In the 30 years that Carolyn Maloney has represented the congressional seat that covers – in addition to the East Side of Manhattan – parts of Long Island City and Astoria, she has supported our community and the Homeland with knowledge and devotion – even fanaticism. And she hardly misses any important Greek-American event.
She has honored the numerous members of the Community who live in these areas, as they also honored her.
But now the philhellene politician is fighting for her political life.
Although her new seat in the 12th District, to which she now belongs, does not represent the Greek-dominated areas, we must nevertheless support her.
Let’s repay her for the support she enthusiastically offered us, and if she is re-elected she will continue to offer us.
The primary election will be held on August 23 and the general election on November 8.
The latest census-based seat changes reshuffled the 12th District: They merged Manhattan’s East Side with the West Side and stripped it of Astoria and Long Island City.
Maloney is therefore losing the support of the numerous Greek-American voters who live in these areas.
In addition, she was pitted against a strong opponent, Jerrold Nadler, who was also elected for the first time 30 years ago.
Nadler, who is chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, was endorsed by the New York Times in its editorial a few days ago.
Nadler has also supported our Community and its issues through the years – and we appreciate it – but Maloney has been our champion, so we must support her in her moment of need.
“After a close review of the candidates and their records,” the Times wrote, “we are confident that Mr. Nadler is the best choice in this race. Mr. Nadler has our endorsement.”
The main reason they don’t support Maloney, they write, is “Ms. Maloney, however, has a troubling history of promoting false information linking vaccines to autism.”
That is her responsibility, of course, but is that enough for them not to support her?
The NYT does not convince us with the explanation they give. But they have so much influence – especially in Manhattan – that their position provides a significant boost to Nadler’s candidacy.
There are quite a few Greek-Americans in the new 12th Congressional District, however, and in fact, rich expatriates live in these areas – especially on the Upper East Side.
Well, let’s give her our vote. And let’s support her financially.
We can, possibly, make the difference – often a few hundred votes can decide the outcome. It will be proof of our gratitude to her – and a message to other politicians.