Impeachment manager and NY Democrat lawmaker Jerry Nadler is facing two young and feisty primary challengers who hope to take his seat and repeat what AOC did to 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley.
Per Politico, Nadler will face a handful of opponents in the Democratic primary for his House seat — including Lindsey Boylan, a former New York state official, and Jonathan Herzog, a former staffer for presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
The long-serving congressman from Manhattan’s West Side is leader of the panel that approved two articles of impeachment in December, and he also served a House manager prosecuting the case against the president in the Senate trial. He is up for reelection in 2020, along with all other House members.
President Trump himself predicted Nadler’s failure with impeachment may cost hi his seat earlier this month tweeting:
Because of how badly they did with the Impeachment Hoax, AOC will primary Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and win, and Jerry Nadler has a good chance of losing to his far left primary opponent! It is all getting quite interesting. Pelosi will lose the House, AGAIN! My poll numbers great.
According to TeenVogue, Boylan has previously served as chief of staff of New York State’s economic development arm and as a deputy secretary for economic development for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Having worked in government, Boylan was aware that the establishment and their allies in all political parties often join forces to intimidate possible primary challengers.
So when it happened to her, Boylan was disappointed but not surprised.
“It felt like I was being threatened to not run,” Boylan said in a phone interview. “That propels me into this race, because if that kind of thing and intimidation within the Democratic Party happens to me with the opportunities I’ve had think of what happens to so many other people, especially women, people of color, women of color, people from different economic backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQ community.”
Meanwhile, per FoxNews, Jonathan Herzog, a former staffer of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang explained Thursday why he plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., in next year’s Democratic primary.
“The reason I’m running on this platform is we’re going through a fundamental economic shift — the greatest in our history where we’re automating away the most common jobs in our economy,” Jonathan Herzog said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
Nadler, 72, has been a member of Congress since 1992 and currently serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He represents New York’s 10th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City.
“Working in retail is still the most common job,” Herzog explained to guest host Jason Chaffetz. And so we need to enact meaningful solutions to help hundreds of thousands of folks here in New York and especially in the district to transition to this fundamental economic shift.”
Herzog, who announced his candidacy Tuesday, is running on a platform similar to that of Yang, calling for a universal basic income giving citizens $1,000 a month, dubbed a “Freedom Dividend.”