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Speaking of Witches

Here’s one we could usefully send back to her gingerbread house in the Catskill woods.

Carolyn Maloney’s 14th congressional district is in New York City — it includes the United Nations, in fact — but that doesn’t mean it’s incorrigibly Democratic. “The 14th and its predecessors had been one of the few districts in the city where Republicans usually did well; in fact, they held the seat for all but eight of the 56 years between 1937 and Maloney’s [1992] victory.” There are plenty of Republicans in New York: I was in a roomful of them last night.

Also in the room was Ryan Brumberg, who’s challenging Carolyn Maloney for her congressional seat. He’s a very smart and personable guy, brimful of energy. There may be a chance for a huge upset here. Ryan has a good conservative raft of positions on fiscal, regulatory and trade policy, not much to say on social issues, nothing on the National Question (though I note he has an endorsement from Peter Thiel, who is an immigration skeptic).

Still, this is New York City, not South Carolina (nor even Delaware). Unseating Maloney would be a terrific win. Good luck, Ryan.

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