Nancy Pelosi thought election night was going her way.
But she got one stunning surprise that points toward major disruptions possible in the future.
Now Nancy Pelosi needs new blood pressure meds after she gets steamrolled by one shocking political defeat.
The expected “Red Wave” in the Midterm elections failed to materialize.
Those results destroyed GOP hopes they would make massive gains in the U.S. House.
However, voters also threw a curve ball at Democrats.
While Republicans were struggling in other parts of the country, New York state delivered a stunning surprise for the GOP.
Republicans won a total of five competitive House seats in the Empire state, flipping two seats held by Democrats.
Those candidates were riding on the coattails of New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin who seriously challenged the wildly unpopular Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul.
Republicans managed to knock off the highest profile House Democrat of the election cycle who doubled as a top ally of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) was defeated by New York Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler in New York’s Hudson Valley-based 17th Congressional District by a little over a point.
Maloney Chairs the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the official political action committee (PAC) focused on electing House Democrats.
The DCCC was the driving force behind protecting the Democrat Party’s paper-thin majority during campaign season.
Democrats came in late in the campaign and dumped millions into trying to save Rep. Maloney.
Considering that Joe Biden carried it by 10 points in 2020, The 17th District should have been safe for Democrats.
Even more stunning, after a court order during the decennial redistricting process scrambled New York’s Congressional map, the powerful DCCC chair hand-selected the District for his re-election bid.
That made Maloney’s defeat and even more astounding loss for a sitting House campaign committee chair.
“A Maloney defeat would be historic: a sitting DCCC/NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) chair hasn’t lost reelection since 1992 (when NRCC Chair Guy Vander Jagt lost his primary in Michigan), and hasn’t lost a general election since 1980, when DCCC Chair Jim Corman lost in California,” the Cook Political Report said before the election.
But apparently Rep. Maloney got a bit too big for his britches.
He was criticized for neglecting his district while leading DCCC fundraisers in Geneva, Switzerland and France in the middle of campaign season.
Meanwhile, his opponent focused on crime, likely the major issue that led to the Congressman’s shocking defeat.
Democrat’s pro-crime policies are becoming increasingly unpopular with people who actually have to live in the districts Democrats are supposed to represent.
Maloney was hammered for his support of pro-criminal policies, like cashless bail as lawlessness spirals out of control in New York.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, NRCC Chair Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) is fully enjoying Mike Lawler’s win over the high-profile Democrat.
“Mike is the first candidate to defeat a DCCC Chair since 1980 because he kept the Hudson Valley at the center of his campaign,” Emmer explained. “The voters of Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland resoundingly rejected Sean Patrick Maloney’s pro-criminal policies.”
Sean Patrick Maloney’s stunning defeat was a crushing blow to Nancy Pelosi causing her to lose one of her top allies in the house.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.