Far Left Socialists Ascend in Empire State Primaries

Following the June 23, 2020 primary elections, Albany Update reported that left-wing New York voters were energized and that 2020 was shaping up to be a difficult year for incumbents.

As more absentee ballots are counted and more election results are finalized, our initial analysis has been confirmed again and again.

The progressive/anti-incumbent trend was on display in at least three Democratic congressional primaries. In New York’s 15th congressional district, openly homosexual New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) has declared victory over 11 opponents, including socially conservative New York City Council Member Rev. Rubén Díaz Sr. While Council Member Diaz and Asm. Michael Blake have yet to concede the primary election, Torres has asserted that his lead is insurmountable. Ardent leftist Jamaal Bowman defeated longtime Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) by a blowout margin in the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th congressional district, while Mondaire Jones—with the support of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx)—defeated seven other candidates (including multiple elected officials) to win the Democratic primary in NY-17. As of July 24, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) remains in the fight of her political career against insurgent primary challenger Suraj Patel.

The far left’s continued rise can be seen in the New York State Senate in the apparent primary win of Democrat Jabari Brisport in Brooklyn’s Senate District 25. (Brisport has declared victory over Asm. Tremaine Wright; Asm. Wright has not yet conceded.) A member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Brisport is seeking the seat being vacated due to the impending retirement of longtime State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery; he is likely to easily win the general election in this overwhelmingly Democratic district. Anticipating his future general election victory, Brisport recently tweeted the following headline: “Gay Vegan Socialist Elected in Brooklyn.” On July 1, Brisport tweeted the following:

The June primaries continue to cause a significant shift in the membership of the New York State Assembly. To date, five Assembly Democrats—Asms. Michael DenDekker (D-Queens), Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Walter Mosley (D-Brooklyn), Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), and Aravella Simotas (D-Queens)—have been defeated in the June 23 primaries. The victors in these respective primaries are: Jessica González-Rojas, former executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; environmental activist and tenant rights organizer Emily Gallagher; socialist nurse Phara Souffrant Forrest; DSA candidate Zohran Mamdani (who recently declared that “socialism won” his election); and the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed Marcela Mitaynes. In addition, Asms. Michael Miller (D-Queens) and Steven Otis (D-Rye) continue to trail their left-wing primary challengers.