Dec 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney elected chair of House Democrats' campaign arm

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Thursday was elected chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2022 cycle, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cardenás (D-Calif.) 119 to 107, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Maloney will be tasked with protecting House Democrats' slim majority in 2022 after they underperformed in November's election, losing seats in down-ballot races across the country.

  • The 2022 election will take place after redistricting, which could hand Republicans enough of an advantage to take back the majority.
  • Maloney will also be responsible for keeping an emboldened left-wing flank happy, after progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) explicitly called out the DCCC for its campaign failures in 2020.
  • Some of the party's moderates, meanwhile, have called for a ban on progressive slogans like "defund the police" that they believe cost vulnerable members their seats.

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