Mondaire Jones loses seat to multi-millionaire Levi
Mondaire Jones was knocked down. (Countess Jemal/Getty Images)
The first gay black congressman, Mondaire Jones, has lost his seat to heir to the Levi Strauss & Co fortune, Daniel Goldman.
Jones lost the Democratic primary election for New York’s 10th congressional district and will bid farewell to Capitol Hill when his term ends in January 2023.
He was the first openly gay black congressman in the United States, but he came in third in the polls, with State Deputy Yuh-Line Niou taking second place. The New York Times announced the election results on Wednesday 24 August.
The contest for the congressional seat was difficult because Jones was a popular candidate and endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Cory Booker.
Ahead of the Tuesday August 23 election, Jones said Grio that if he were removed from office, it would be a “blow to our democracy and to the fight for the protection of fundamental rights”.
“I was a leading progressive member of Congress, bringing the rest of the Democratic caucus with him on issues like Supreme Court expansion, voting rights and Democratic reforms.”
During the campaign, Goldman used $4 million in personal funds to sponsor his campaign and said it gave him the opportunity to focus on voters, not donors, as reported. Axios.
And Goldman has often referred to his position as lead counsel against Trump during his impeachment hearing. However, he was heavily criticized for his comments on restricting abortions, which he has since backtracked.
The multimillionaire was also criticized for his investments in Fox News and his opposition to progressive legislation like Medicare for All.
In an interview with Axios, Goldman said, “The primordial…unprecedented and existential threats we face must first be resolved, before we can focus on progressive policies.”
Jones was elected to the United States House of Representatives in the 2020 election and is a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. He lobbied for tougher gun laws, student debt forgiveness and immigration reform.