Democrats are increasing their attempts to stop a draft congressional map that would force multiple Democrat incumbents to face off during the upcoming midterm elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week sent a letter, first provided to CNN, asking a New York court to reconsider the draft map claiming that it would reverse “decades of hard-fought racial progress” and break apart “important communities of interest throughout New York.”
The letter adds: "The Proposed Map is the result of a flawed process that did not provide the public, including minority voters who live in historically marginalized communities, with an opportunity to provide input. We urge the Special Master to uncouple Black incumbents and reunite communities of interest around New York City, on Long Island, and in the Hudson River Valley."
The DCCC notes that according to the proposed map, as many as 4 Black incumbents, out of 7 Black members of New York’s congressional delegation, could be set against each other in the midterms, which would lower the state’s diverse representation. It also claims that the breaking up of “communities of interest” into multiple districts may violate the state’s constitution.
"We urge the Court to recognize the limitations of the Proposed Map and to promptly direct the Special Master to make immediate changes to account for these problems," the letter states.
DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney reportedly came under fire from others within the organization this week. After the draft map was released, Maloney, who is white, announced that he would run in the redrawn NY-17 district that is currently represented by Rep. Mondaire Jones, who is Black.
"This whole thing is crazy," said one unnamed member of the DCCC, referring to Maloney’s decision.
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