New York Dem announces bid to lead Dem House campaign arm

New York Dem announces bid to lead Dem House campaign arm
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New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) on Saturday announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Democrats' campaign arm.

In a note to his Democratic colleagues obtained by The Atlantic's Elaina Plott, Maloney touted his "proven fundraising strength" as well as his success in New York's 18th congressional district, which voted narrowly for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE in 2016.

"I beat a Republican incumbent and I have won a Republican/Trump district four times by communicating effectively with the very voters we need to expand our majority," Maloney says in his letter. "I have done so as a gay man with an interracial family — the first and only LGBT candidate ever elected to Congress from New York."

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"No other candidate has a more extensive knowledge of the DCCC, its $250 million budget, personnel structure and national operations than I do," the New York Democrat adds.

Maloney's bid for the DCCC chairmanship, replacing Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) who is seeking a House leadership role, comes after his endorsement of Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump knocks Democrats on 'Open Borders' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Democrats already jockeying for House leadership posts MORE (D-Calif.) for the Speaker's gavel despite his past criticism of the California Democrat in the days following Democrats' defeat in the 2016 election.

"I am convinced that at this critical moment, Nancy Pelosi remains the right person for the job,” Maloney said in a statement Thursday.

“We must have our toughest, battle-proven leader on the field. Pelosi has served as Speaker under a Republican President before. She has shown time and time against she can out-negotiate, out-maneuver and out-wit the Republicans.”

Maloney's move comes after other Democrats, including Reps. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneNewDems put ideas over politics at 'NEXT' — a policy conference Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Lobbying world MORE (Wash.), Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats already jockeying for House leadership posts The bottom dollar on recession, Trump's base, and his reelection prospects DCCC says it raised .85 million in May MORE (Ill.), and Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (Wash.) also declared their candidacy for the position.

Democratic leadership elections are scheduled to be held at the end of the month, while several House districts in play during Tuesday's midterm elections remained uncalled as of Saturday.

Democrats have already guaranteed a majority in the House in the next Congress, and are seeking to cement their lead over Republicans with more victories in several close races in California.