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U.S. House Nominee Dan Goldman Extending An Olive Branch To Progressive Critics In NYC

NEW YORK ― In the ultimate days of the Democratic major in New York’s tenth Congressional District, progressive candidates and activists pummeled Dan Goldman within the hopes of stalling his momentum.

Goldman’s extra left-leaning opponents branded him a flip-flopper on abortion coverage and a “conservative Democrat” whose funding of $4 million of his personal money amounted to an effort to “buy” the election.

But after narrowly defeating New York state Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou in a 12-person race for the Democratic nomination on Aug. 23, Goldman is making an attempt to build a bridge to the left reasonably than dwell on his grievances with them.

“I am very well aware that we got 26% of the vote,” Goldman informed HuffPost in an interview on Sept. 12. “I am excited about reaching out to many people, who may not have supported me, to see if we can work together.”

Goldman, a former federal prosecutor and inheritor to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune who led House Democrats’ impeachment of then-President Donald Trump in 2019, made it clear that progressive New Yorkers are on the high of his outreach record.

“In a short campaign where I endured false attacks, I am excited to share my progressive values and ideals with so many in this district who I believe have a misconception of who I am and where I’m coming from,” he mentioned. “My first order of business is to do that outreach, and I’ve already started to do it.”

Goldman mentioned he’s already talking to New York City Comptroller Brad Lander frequently. Lander, one of many metropolis’s most influential progressives and a resident of the tenth District, didn’t endorse anybody within the major however subsequently revealed to HuffPost that he had voted for Niou.

“There isn’t anybody that I’m not reaching out to, any groups that I’m not reaching out to,” Goldman mentioned. “I look forward to sitting down with the Working Families Party and finding what I believe to be a lot of common ground to work together as we go forward.”

Goldman nonetheless has a common election to win towards Republican nominee Benine Hamdan. But in a decrease Manhattan and Brooklyn-based district the place President Joe Biden acquired 85% of the 2020 vote, that race is anticipated to be little greater than a formality.

Goldman mentioned he has already begun serving to elevate funds for different Democratic candidates with extra aggressive common elections. He is dedicated to pitching in considerably to assist Democrats maintain the U.S. House and to assist New York Democrats keep their supermajorities within the state Assembly and the state Senate.

Among his major rivals, Goldman mentioned, he had already spoken with New York City Council member Carlina Rivera, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman and New York state Assembly member Jo Anne Simon. Simon formally endorsed Goldman on Monday. Rivera and Goldman have been in contact as a part of their shared reduction efforts for residents of the Jacob Riis Houses, a public housing growth whose residents have been mistakenly knowledgeable in late August that their ingesting water contained arsenic.

Goldman had not heard from Niou or Rep. Mondaire Jones, who fashioned a united entrance to assault Goldman within the closing week of the first race.

Niou thought of operating on the Working Families Party poll line towards Goldman within the common election however determined towards it.

Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor, addresses supporters after declaring victory within the Democratic major on Aug. 23. His general-election race isn’t thought of aggressive.

Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

Asked whether or not he want to have Niou’s endorsement, Goldman mentioned, “I don’t really care.”

“I’m more interested in getting the endorsement and the support of groups that I am going to have a continuing and ongoing working relationship with,” he mentioned. “And Yuh-Line will be out of office after this term.”

In an interview with New York magazine, Niou wouldn’t say whether or not she plans to achieve out to Goldman however implied that she can be receptive to listening to from him. “I am a public servant. I still have an office available,” she mentioned. “But nobody’s reached out to me yet.”

Ironically, Goldman agrees with Niou on one of the crucial contentious points within the district. Both Democrats oppose approving the development of Haven Green, an inexpensive housing growth for LGBTQ seniors in decrease Manhattan that will be in-built quite a bit now occupied by the Elizabeth Street Garden.

“I have said I don’t think we should be pitting green space against affordable housing. And that both are too scarce in this city,” Goldman mentioned. “We should be taking every step possible not to sacrifice one for the other.”

Goldman expressed optimism {that a} neighborhood governing physique had already recognized a extra appropriate website for the constructing. If such a website nonetheless proved unworkable, he mentioned, “we’d have to reassess.”

On at the least two different hot-button housing coverage questions, Goldman declined to stipulate his position. Asked whether or not he agrees with the true property business’s criticism of a 2019 state regulation strengthening lease rules and whether or not there ought to be better restrictions on non-public fairness companies’ possession of rental properties, Goldman mentioned, “I don’t want to comment before I understand it.”

Of course, Goldman elicited progressive scrutiny for different causes throughout the marketing campaign. Among different departures from left-wing orthodoxy, he opposed “Medicare for All” and was skeptical of canceling pupil mortgage debt.

Now Goldman downplays these variations. Unlike, say, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Goldman wouldn’t describe his win as a victory for mainstream Democrats and a defeat for extra hard-line progressive ideology.

“What I found during the campaign is people got very hung up on semantics and less about the fact that we are all ― every single top candidate in this race ― seeking broadly the same objectives.”

– Dan Goldman, Democratic nominee, New York’s tenth Congressional District

“To the extent that [the outcome] is a reflection of anything, it is a recognition of the importance of our democratic values and foundations to everything else that we want to accomplish,” Goldman mentioned. “And it is also a reflection of the desire of many, including many Democrats, who want to see results.”

“What I found during the campaign is people got very hung up on semantics and less about the fact that we are all ― every single top candidate in this race ― seeking broadly the same objectives,” he added. “And the question is: How can we get to a place where every American has access to free health care? How can we get to a place where climate change is reducing, not increasing? How can we get to a place where we are providing more affordable housing and lowering rents? How can we get to a place where we’re expanding access to abortion, where we’re increasing gun control? We all believe in that.”

Goldman additionally mentioned he authorised of Biden’s cancellation of the primary $10,000 in pupil debt held by individuals incomes lower than $125,000 a year.

“It’s a good first step, in part because the disparate impact of the student loan crisis on poor, underserved, minority communities is addressed most substantially by the first $10,000 of student debt relief,” Goldman mentioned. “But I think that we need to continue to do more to ensure that those who have suffered from predatory lending schemes by for-profit institutions and others who were not provided full and accurate information receive the relief that they deserve.”

He helps making group schools free to handle the rising value of a school diploma. But he didn’t reply when requested about reexamining the revenue tax exemption afforded to nonprofit non-public universities that boast multibillion-dollar endowments and proceed to extend tuition year after year.

The largest error of Goldman’s marketing campaign was creating ambiguity about precisely the place he stood on abortion rights in an interview with the Orthodox Jewish information outlet Hamodia. He implied that he was high-quality with state governments prohibiting abortion after the purpose of fetal viability ― however walked it again moments later after consulting with an aide.

Many of Goldman’s rivals attacked him for the remarks, although none extra so than Jones, who cast doubt on Goldman’s pro-choice credentials in TV and digital adverts.

I requested Goldman whether or not he thought these assaults damage him and contributed to the narrowness of his win.

“It’s possible,” he mentioned. “What everybody says about negative attacks is that it hurts the target but it also hurts the proponent of them, and I think that probably happened to some extent here.”

Goldman once more clarified that, within the Hamodia interview, he had been making an attempt to articulate a authorized opinion about what sorts of state legal guidelines have been permissible beneath the authorized framework of the U.S. Supreme Court’s now-overturned Roe v. Wade choice that had established a Constitutional proper to abortion.

“If we are talking normatively, it should just be a decision made for the woman and her doctor, under the best medical advice, not what the government says should or should not happen,” he mentioned. “But if we are presented with legislation that is based on legal standards set forth in Roe ― [prohibiting abortion after fetal viability] with exceptions for the health of the mother and the health of the baby ― then I would not object to that and I would vote for it.”

Currently, New York state prohibits abortion after fetal viability until the life or well being of the mom is threatened. Goldman mentioned he would help laws that enables abortion with out exceptions.

Finally, Goldman wouldn’t say whether or not his self-funding made his victory potential. He insisted that he was working throughout the confines of the present system and that he helps a whole overhaul of campaign-finance legal guidelines, together with via the adoption of public financing.

“The money in politics is, broadly speaking, corrupting, and we should do everything that we can to get rid of it,” Goldman mentioned.

“I actually think self-funding is probably the least of the problems, because I’m not beholden to any special interest groups,” he added. “I’m not beholden to any donors. The only people that I’m beholden to are the voters.”

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