EXCLUSIVE – Republican New York State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt charges that Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has “sold us out.”
And that’s a key reason why Schmitt on Tuesday launched a GOP challenge against the five-term congressman and chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is the reelection arm of House Democrats.
Schmitt, in a national exclusive interview with Fox News, claimed that Maloney “has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi. He sold us out to get a partisan appointment of as chairman Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for his blind loyalty to Nancy Pelosi.”
And he emphasized that New York’s 18th Congressional District “deserves a congressman, not a Democratic campaign chair.”
Schmitt, the son of a retired New York City Fire Department lieutenant and certified drug rehabilitation counselor, touts that he’s “a local guy. I’ve spent my entire life here in the Hudson Valley.”
While taking aim at Maloney, Schmitt also showcased his bipartisan record in the New York State Assembly, saying “I’m one of the most bipartisan legislators in entire state, working with anyone, working across the aisle to deliver real results for our Hudson Valley values, helping pass over 40 bills in my first term alone, despite being a member of the minority party.”
Democrats currently hold a razor-thin majority in the House – their smallest since World War II – and Republicans aim in the 2022 midterms to win back control of the chamber that they lost in the 2018 elections.
But ousting Maloney won’t be easy. Although former President Donald Trump won the district – which covers much of the northern suburbs and exurbs of New York City – by two points in his 2016 presidential victory, he lost it by five points to now-President Biden last November in his reelection defeat.
Maloney – after narrowly first winning election to Congress in 2012 and reelection two years later – won by double digits in his 2016, 2018 and 2020 reelections, including by nearly 13 points last November.
But Schmitt – who along with his wife Nikki is a licensed commercial real estate agent – highlighted that “I have a proven track record in the Hudson Valley. We’ve won several elections to the state Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.”