WASHINGTON — Democrats picked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Thursday to lead their campaign organization into the 2022 elections, choosing a lawmaker from a Trump-friendly district over a top House Hispanic after last month’s voting dealt them unexpected losses and left them divided over the reasons.
Maloney, 54 and openly gay, is a four-term veteran from a mid-Hudson Valley district in New York that Donald Trump carried in 2016. He will chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a cycle that should be challenging for his party.
Democrats lost seats in last month’s elections, and midterm congressional elections of newly elected presidents like President-elect Joe Biden are historically difficult for the party that controls the White House.
House Democrats elected Maloney over Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., by 119-107, according to a Democrat familiar with the voting. Cardenas, 57, is a four-term House lawmaker who has led BOLD PAC, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Democrats went into November’s month’s elections with a 232-197 House majority, with an independent and five vacancies, and expectations that they would gain seats.
While the party is assured of retaining House control next year, they will have a far smaller majority. A dozen Democratic incumbents were defeated, and another may lose with a handful of races still uncalled. No Republican incumbents were defeated.