The United States House Judiciary Committee Chairman ended speculation about his retirement with an announcement saying he will seek reelection in 2022.
Ten-term Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), 74, announced his reelection bid in a post to his Twitter account that simultaneously threw shade at the New York Post. The metropolitan tabloid has published reports about a pending Nadler retirement, including a recent article last month that quoted anonymous sources.
Last month’s Post article quoted a source identified only as a Nadler associate, who they said noted Democrats could lose their majority in the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms. The inference was Nadler would probably rather retire than face a long stint as a House minority member again.
“I am running for reelection and the NYP knows it,” Nadler tweeted after the New York Post article was published. “I’ll still be fighting for progressive changes in Congress and the NYP will still be able to publish poorly sourced, fact-free nonsense!”
Nadler was joined by supporters when he officially kicked off his reelection campaign Monday, which was also posted to the Twitter account. The sitting congressman may have started campaigning but he is not yet an official candidate for the office. New York’s filing deadline for candidates is April 7, 2022. Democratic primaries in the state will be conducted June 28. New York Republicans generally do not participate in primaries; they select candidates by caucus vote.
A New York judge ended up drawing the state’s redistricting map that created election district boundaries for the next 10 years. State political observers believe that districts will change party hands but expect both parties to end up with roughly the same number of House seats that they have now.
Democrats have eight more seats in the House of Representatives than Republicans but political observers believe the calculus will shift to a lean Republican majority after the midterm elections next year.
Democrats say they are confident they will hold on to power in both the House and Senate, according to a report in The Epoch Times, which noted Nadler won New York’s 10th Congressional District in 2020 with almost 75 percent of district votes cast for him.
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