After the 2022 midterms, Democrats were stunned by a series of defeats in New York.
The party nearly lost its dominant position in the state for the first time in decades.
And now, the knives are coming out as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is sparking a new civil war within the Democratic Party.
Democrats in New York had very little to celebrate about the 2022 midterm elections.
After the party barely managed to hold onto the governorship in the state, it lost a series of upset elections for congressional seats all over the state.
NBC reports, “It will go down as one of the bitter ironies of the 2022 midterm campaign: One of the few states that actually faced a ‘red wave’ of Republican victories was deep-blue New York. To sour matters further, Democratic losses in the Empire State appear to be pivotal in the narrow majority in the House of Representatives that Republicans are likely to have starting next year. The icing on this rotten cake is that New York Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.”
Those in the party who were defeated included Patrick Maloney, the sitting head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The irony of Maloney’s defeat is that he chaired the organization responsible for electing Democrats to the House of Representatives.
But it wasn’t just Maloney who lost badly on election night. Democrats also lost a congressional district in Queens which virtually no one expected to flip red.
All told, four congressional seats flipped from blue to red, and Democrats only barely managed to win the statewide race for governor with disappointing margins in New York City that hadn’t been seen in generations.
All of these results have led to a massive blame game playing out across the Democratic Party in New York, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now sparking a new Democrat civil war with a series of attacks on her own party members.
AOC, who herself performed nearly 25 points worse in her district than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, slammed the leadership within her own party for allowing such a massive red wave to wash over the state.
But now, Maloney is firing back, signaling the start of a new conflict within the Democratic Party.
NBC News adds, “Maloney took the news of his loss Tuesday as an opportunity to swipe at Ocasio-Cortez. In an interview with The New York Times published a few days later, Maloney gloated about beating her endorsed candidates in state primaries — no doubt in part to vent his frustration at such an embarrassing defeat — and argued the progressive congresswoman had ‘almost nothing to do with’ previous efforts to protect Democratic legislative majorities.”
The recent fight between AOC and Maloney represents a larger divide within the Democratic Party, where politicians across the party spectrum blame one another for the disastrous defeats Democrats suffered in New York during the 2022 midterms.
And AOC’s recent attacks against Maloney and Nancy Pelosi, who she blames for many defeats all over the country and for the loss of control in the House of Representatives, do not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.