Now that Carolyn Maloney has let it be known that she’ll challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for the Democratic Senate nomination next year, she’s going to learn who her real friends are. We already know what the White House thinks of Maloney’s apostasy. Now 60 Democrats, some old supporters of Maloney, have sent her a letter (apparently open, and allegedly “drafted in the last three days, before Maloney’s final decision to run”) asking her not to make the “divisive” challenge. To her credit, Maloney’s responses is basically, “thanks, pal.” And previously-declared Senate candidate Jonathan Tasini’s reaction to Maloney’s entry is essentially come on in, the water’s fine.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2009