“We should know enough by now that we can’t take Donald Trump at his word and that he likes to meddle in elections,” Goldman said in response to a question about the endorsement posed by the PIX11 debate hosts. “Last week he attacked me, now he’s pretending to approve of me trying to meddle in this election.”
A New York Times editorial board approval cemented Goldman’s status as a frontrunner last weekend — the Gray Lady’s blessing is close to dogma among many in the liberal 10th congressional district. And a recent survey around the top six candidates in the crowded race found he had the support of 22% of voters – giving him a boost that contestants hoped to undermine with repeated attacks.
“I know the economic pain people are feeling because I grew up in Section 8 housing and on food stamps, raised by a young single mother. I can’t imagine this district sending someone to Congress who is worth $253 million,” the rep said. Mondary Jones said in a pointed critique of Goldman’s wealth.
Jones grew up in Rockland County, a remote suburb of New York City, and currently represents the area in the House. He moved to Brooklyn after announcing his intention to run in open seat.
With few exceptions, the field of candidates agreed on major federal issues, though Goldman took several more moderate positions, such as opposing an expanded U.S. Supreme Court — a proposal which he described as undemocratic. He also opposed a proposal to expand Medicare and largely eliminate private insurance options. Goldman said he wants to expand government options while maintaining private insurance.
In the left lane of the race is Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, who at 17% received the second highest share of support in the Emerson College poll and was endorsed by the Working Families Party and the left-leaning nonprofit New York Communities for Change.
On Wednesday evening, she said she would not support any action by Congress to curtail the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel — which she has expressed support for — and called for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, two positions that put her in line with the left flank of the Democratic Party.
“I think it’s important to protect the freedom of expression rights of the BDS movement,” she said, noting that she has never personally boycotted Israel and that she believes the country of Middle East has a right to exist.
Niou recently teamed up with Jones to criticize Goldman’s self-funded campaign, but on Wednesday night he came under attack from New York City Council member Carlina Rivera, who is competing with Niou for younger, more progressive voters. of the district.
Rivera was endorsed by healthcare worker union 1199 SEIU, which provided her with a formidable pool of volunteers and a sophisticated field game. Representatives. Nydia Velasquez and Adrien Espaillat also threw their weight behind her, which she hopes will help her win over progressives and the 18% of New Yorkers of voting age in the district who identify as Hispanic.