12th District Representative Hospitalized After Nearly Fainting Monday

Carolyn Maloney's Re-election Bid Stumbles With Medical Episode

Updated 8 weeks ago David Stone
Representative Carolyn Maloney at Roosevelt Island Day, 2017.
Representative Carolyn Maloney at Roosevelt Island Day, 2017.
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On Monday at a memorial for four homeless men slain in Chinatown, 12th District Congressional Representative Carolyn Maloney nearly passed out and was hospitalized. At 73, Maloney is New York City's second oldest member of the House after José Serrano, who is retiring. She again faces a strong primary challenge in next year's election from progressive Suraj Patel and others.

Rep. Maloney has represented the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island since 1993 when she unseated Republican 15 year incumbent Bill Green. A tenacious campaigner, Maloney greeted Roosevelt Islanders on a RIOC Red Bus circling Main Street in her bid.

But times have changed, and like other established Democrats in Congress, she's facing a progressive primary challenge. Suraj Patel, who pulled an impressive 45% of the vote against her in 2018, announced another run last month.

 Seen as part of an ineffective establishment by progressives, Maloney is vulnerable on several fronts.

  • Anger stirred broadly in 2017 among constituents when she normalized President Donald Trump, attending his inauguration. Progressives insist his election was not legitimate and a number refused to show up for the swearing in.
  • Until backing away last year, Maloney supported the debunked claims of anti-vac advocates who say that vaccinations cause autism. It was a widely discredited view she shared with Trump.
  • Arguments that she's been ineffective in getting funding for the 12th District are reinforced on her own website where not a single appropriation has been recorded since 2010 when she pulled $500,000 for FDR Four Freedoms Park.
  • According to a report form the Rockefeller Institute for Government, earlier this year, New York has by far the worst balance of payments between money we send to Washington and what we get back. Maloney can't be held completely responsible, but she and the rest of the New York delegation can't be relieved of responsibility either. As chair of several House committees, she has not organized any hearings on this crucial issue.
Maloney brushed off the medical episode in a statement later on Monday.   “This morning, I began to feel faint at a public event, and out of an abundance of caution, sought medical attention," she said. “I am recovering from bronchitis, and probably should have stayed home."   Her campaign is expected to continue.
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