Maloney, Seawright go dirty. As odds mount against their continuing in office, both throw off caring reputations in angry, dishonest attacks.
It’s jarring. Incumbent Democrats adopt dirty political tactics when the going gets rough. And in Maloney’s case, against one of her own.
A Democrat trashing another Democrat, virtually assuring unhealed wounds, no matter who wins.
But when Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright flips her mistakes into accusations of Soviet Union-style politics, it’s not just mean. It’s also frivolous.
It ought to be embarrassing, but it’s probably not.
Seawright Cuts Loose On Republican Louis Puliafito
The inaugural shot out the ugly Democrat cannon chipped at the metal after Seawright blew her reelection chances by failing to file properly. Two different screw ups with two different parties.
But rather than humbly admit a mistake, Seawright went dirty, attacking her opponent.
Her campaign failed to include required cover sheets with petitions for Democratic Party voting. And in filing for the Working Families Party, she failed to provide a certificate of acceptance.
Her reason? For a period, she was quarantined with “COVID-like symptoms.”
The Board of Elections disqualified her. Unanimously.
This she reinvented as “Soviet Union-style,” single party politics, but it’s unclear how Republicans may have misfiled her petitions.
Finally, in May, New York’s Court of Appeals agreed with the Board, ending Seawright’s ballot access possibilities. About the “COVID-like symptoms,” the court pointed out that numerous others filed properly under similar conditions.
Wouldn’t it have been easier to issue a mea culpa and “See you all agin in two years?”
Carolyn Maloney Goes Dirty and Does It Big
“Three years ago ahead of my first campaign, I was warned by people in the political sphere not to run because Maloney ‘plays dirty,’” challenger Suraj Patel wrote on Medium.
“And in three years of running against her, this has been true time and time again.”
We thank our reader Sylvan Klein for first bringing this to our attention:
The video rushes through flimsy accusations so fast viewers never really see the evidence. Just the political brutality.
Maloney and Seawright Go Dirty, But Why?
“She (Maloney) did not attack my 170-plus pages of original policy proposals,” Patel added. “She did not respond to my request that she return donations she has received in previous campaigns from Donald Trump.”
And she has never explained her long involvement in the anti-vaccination movement, a scary operation that goes against science and endangers lives. Confronted during the 2018 campaign, Maloney reversed herself, but never explained or apologized.
Decisions by Maloney and Seawright to go dirty rather than deal with political reality mark a new low for both.
For Maloney, it’s a refusal to run on her record, but Seawright may not have a chance for even that.
Full Disclosure: I registered as a Democrat the first year I was old enough to vote, and except for a couple of years as an independent, I’ve been one ever since. And I have no doubt that, if the shoe were on the other foot, Republicans would do as much or worse.
But his is different because both Maloney and Seawright cultivate public personas that are warm and sensitive. Democrats bill themselves as the people party.
Maloney and Seawright go dirty, but they also go against the grain.
This is not the way I want to see my party do politics.
By David Stone