Dan Goldman, who advised House Democrats during the first impeachment of Donald Trump, won the Democratic primary in New York’s tenth Congressional district Tuesday, beating out incumbent Mondaire Jones.
The congressional district, set in Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, is new, and was created due to a redistricting process that left a district open with no incumbent. Jones, the first openly gay black man in Congress, had left the seventeenth district he was representing after redistricting made him run against other sitting Democrats in Congress.
Goldman rose in the competitive twelve-person Democratic race after honing in on his involvement in the impeachment of the former president, painting himself as a candidate that will focus on “existential threats” before “progressive policies.”
“Dan Goldman proved the case against Trump. Now he’s running for Congress because our entire future is at stake: the right to vote, to choose, our safety, our planet, even Democracy itself,” Goldman’s campaign ad states.
Trump ironically supported Goldman in what appeared to be a fake endorsement, calling him “highly intelligent,” and saying that he could help Republicans defeat “the Radical Left Democrats, who he knows are destroying the country.” He also received the endorsement of the New York Times.
Goldman, the heir to the Levi Strauss & Co fortune, was scrutinized after using $4 million of his own money in his campaign, with some arguing he bought the race.
“I know the economic pain that people are feeling because I grew up in Section 8 housing and on food stamps, raised by a young, single mom. I can’t imagine this district sending someone to Congress who’s worth $253 million,” Jones said.
New York’s twelfth district was also heated on Tuesday, as Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, two Congressional incumbent Democrats, were forced to compete for one district after the court-mandated redistricting map. Nadler easily defeated Maloney, garnering 55.4 percent of the vote compared to Maloney’s 24.4 percent.