Following the losses in New York by the Democrats, many have begun looking at the potential reason for the loss and placing blame. While the GOP did not manage to win against Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), Republicans successfully managed to win races in New York. This included Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, and other seats in the 3rd, 4th and 19th Congressional Districts being flipped.
Within the Democratic party, some have been looking at where to place the blame. Some have said that the Democratic losses are the result of the redistricting, while others spoke about Hochul’s weakness in managing the party.
Howard Wolfson, an adviser to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), said that had the Democrats in New York done better what was a good night could have turned great. Instead, NY Democrats appear to completely dismiss the concerns of voters regarding crime. This means that the Democrats lost some easily winnable seats.
In an interview with the New York Times, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) placed the blame for the losses on “big money and old-school, calcified machine-style politics” in the state. She also said that insistence by the party’s leadership to state that Democrats were safe, allowed the Republicans to focus on their crime narrative.
This claim has led to Ocasio-Cortez arguing with Maloney, who in his own Times interview said that she had not helped at all with the Democrat’s Houses performance in this election and that Ocasio-Cortez had only offered some financial support.