“We should know enough by now that we can’t take Donald Trump at his word and that he likes to meddle in elections,” Goldman said in response to a question about the approval of debate hosts PIX11. “Last week he attacked me, now he pretends to support me to try and interfere in this election.”
The approval of a New York Times editor last weekend confirmed Goldman’s front-runner status — the Gray Lady’s blessing is almost dogma among many in the liberal 10th Congressional District. And a recent poll of the top six candidates in the overcrowded race showed he has the support of 22 percent of voters — giving him a boost that competitors hoped to undermine with repeated strikes.
“I know the economic pain people feel because I grew up in Section 8 housing and on food stamps, being raised by a young single mother. I can’t imagine this district sending someone to Congress worth $253 million,” Rep. Mondaire Jones said in a sharp critique of Goldman’s wealth.
Jones grew up in Rockland County, a remote New York City suburb, and currently represents the area in the House. He moved to Brooklyn after announcing his intention to run on the open seat.
With few exceptions, the field of candidates agreed on key federal issues, though Goldman has taken some more moderate stances, such as opposing a US Supreme Court extension — a proposal he called undemocratic. He also opposes a proposal to expand Medicare and largely eliminate private insurance options. Goldman has said it wants to expand government options while preserving private insurance.
In the left lane of the race sits Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, who received the second-largest share of support in the Emerson College poll at 17 percent and has been endorsed by the Working Families Party and the left-wing nonprofit New York Communities for Change.
On Wednesday evening, she said she would not support any action by Congress that would curtail the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel — for which she has expressed her support — and called for the abolition of U.S. immigration and customs enforcement, two views that aligned her with the left wing of the Democratic Party.
“I believe it is important to protect the freedom of expression of the BDS movement,” she said, pointing out that she has never personally boycotted Israel and believes the country has a right to exist in the Middle East.
Niou recently teamed up with Jones to criticize Goldman’s self-funded campaign but faced attacks Wednesday night from New York City Councilor Carlina Rivera, who competes with Niou for younger, more progressive voters in the district.
Rivera is approved by the health workers union 1199 SEIU, providing her with a formidable resource of volunteers and an advanced ground game. representatives Nydia Velazquez and Adriano Espaillat have also thrown their weight behind her, which she hopes will help her win over progressives and the 18 percent of New Yorkers of voting age in the district who identify as Hispanic.