Maloney Endorses Jackson In SD-31

Source: NY State of Politics

By The Morning Memo

Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Monday will endorse state Senate candidate Robert Jackson in his primary bid against incumbent Sen. Marisol Alcantara.

Jackson, a former city councilman, is challenging Alcantara in the Sept. 13 primary, one of several primary contests faced by ex-members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference.

“Robert Jackson is a high-integrity Democrat who has a long and consistent record of standing up for what’s right,” Maloney said.

“An education hero for his fight for our public schools, Robert has courageously fought for small businesses, reproductive health, paid family leave and promoted fairness, justice and equality. With Trump in Washington, we can’t afford to have GOP-aligned Democrats representing us in Albany. We know which side Robert Jackson is on and we can count on him to stand up and fight for women, immigrants and all of us. I’m proud to endorse Robert Jackson today.”

The IDC dissolved in April and rejoined the Democratic conference in the state Senate, but that has done little to quell progressive challenges that had previously declared campaigns.

And since then, some of those campaigns have gained momentum that’s only increased in the last several weeks following the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over incumbent Joe Crowley in Queens in a June congressional primary.

Jackson was previously endorsed by Rep. Jerry Nadler, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and former Mayor David Dinkins, among others.

Maloney survived a primary challenge of her own last month, turning back a challenge from Suraj Patel.