There are those that feel that Democrats like Senator Bernie Sanders, who is racking up the early caucus and primary wins, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are pushing the party too far to the left and flirting with socialism.
And some members of the party are pushing back, trying to bring the discussion back to a more centrist tone. Just last week, we wrote about the 13 candidates – about half of whom are actually Democrats – looking to unseat Ocasio-Cortez.
And as the Democratic Party struggles internally with people straying too far away from what the party has stood for in the past, the Republican Party is dealing with the same.
But while Democrats are concerned about people moving too far from the center to the left, Republicans critique other Republicans for straying too far from the right to the center.
Such is the case with Joe Caldarera, who is running for the Republican nomination for Congress against Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. The winner would face Congressman Max Rose, a Democrat who was elected to represent Staten Island and South Brooklyn, a district that voted solidly for President Donald Trump.
Rose’s decision to vote for impeaching the president has energized Republicans in a district that was already in danger of being flipped back to red.
But according to Caldarera, Malliotakis is no Republican at all!
The former prosecutor laid out his case against the assemblywoman in a recent press release titled “The People v. Nicole Malliotakis.”
• Malliotakis once told the Daily News editorial board, likely during her recent run for mayor, that she regretted voting for Donald Trump.
• She told ABC News that if she was a member of Congress, she would not vote to repeal Roe v. Wade.
• Malliotakis does not support suspending DACA and wants to keep New York a sanctuary city.
• Malliotakis voted for extending rent control.
“Over the course of this case, we the People will be entering more votes and more public statements into evidence that will demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that Nicole Malliotakis’ public record is as liberal as they come,” Caldarera said in his statement, committing fully to the legal-themed forced metaphor. “I’m confident that a jury of our peers will vote their conscience and return a verdict of guilty of being a liberal for Nicole Malliotakis.”
When the National Republican Congressional Committee announced its round of 2020 Young Guns, a list of up-and-comers that should be on the political radar, both Caldarera and Malliotakis were on the list.
Whatever, call us when Caldarera gets a sandwich named after him!