Chele Farley looks to unseat Rep. Sean Maloney in New York’s 18th Congressional District

Sean Maloney

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Four-term Rep. Sean Maloney looks to defend his seat against Republican challenge Chele Farley in New York’s 18th Congressional District. 

The candidates

Maloney, now seeking a fifth term in Congress, was an attorney, businessman, and former political staffer before entering electoral politics himself. He served as a senior advisor and White House staff secretary under President Bill Clinton, and in 2007, he became a top advisor for Gov. David Paterson.

Maloney, who was first elected to the district in 2012, is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York and the second to marry their same-sex partner while in office. 

He currently sits on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and is the co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. In Congress, he’s focused his legislative efforts on protecting the environment and clean water in New York and bolstering national security.

Maloney also recently ran in the crowded Democratic primary for attorney general of New York in 2018, but ultimately lost to current AG Letitia James. After being reelected to his US House seat that year, he ran to serve as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee but lost to Rep. Cheri Bustos. 

Farley, Maloney’s Republican challenger, is an investment banker and GOP fundraiser. Her campaign platform is centered around strengthening the U.S. borders, lowering prescription drug prices, and changing the “toxic” culture in Washington, D.C.

In 2018, Farley ran against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for a seat in the U.S. Senate, but lost by a margin of 34 percentage points.

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The district

New York’s 18th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the state. It includes all of Orange and Putnam counties as well as portions of Westchester and Dutchess counties. The district is also home to the cities of Newburgh, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie.

This district flipped from voting for former President Barack Obama by a margin of 4.3 points in the 2012 election to voting for President Donald Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a 49-47 percentage point split of the vote in the 2016 election, according to Daily Kos.

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Maloney has raised about $2 million for his campaign, or over twice the amount of Farley with $872,000. Maloney also currently maintains a large cash on hand advantage over his opponent. He has $1 million left to spend as the November election approaches, $700,000 more than Farley’s $308,000. 

What some of the experts say

The race between Maloney and Farley is rated as “safe Democratic” by Inside Elections and as rated as “likely Democrat” by the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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