Rep. Carolyn Maloney expressed alarm about “vaccine related health risks” for US troopers and different military personnel, which critics say proves the congresswoman contributed to anti-vaccine hysteria and hesitancy.
Maloney — presently in a major struggle with longtime ally Rep. Jerrold Nadler and lawyer Suraj Patel in the newly drawn twelfth Congressional District — despatched a 2008 letter to Colonel Renata Engler, then-director of the Protection Division’s Vaccine Healthcare Facilities Community, questioning “serious adverse events due to mandatory immunizations.”
Maloney, in the letter, raised issues in regards to the the “1-2% rate of serious adverse events” involving vaccinations and what impression it was having on “military readiness.”
The congresswoman mentioned getting extra particulars in regards to the examine was necessary “given the ongoing debate among parents and the medical establishment about the safe use of vaccines.”
For years, Maloney demanded federal research to find out whether or not there was a hyperlink between vaccines and autism.
Maloney’s path of vaccine skepticism has been her Achilles heel through the marketing campaign, coming at a time when the overwhelming majority of New York have been jabbed a number of instances to get shielded from COVID-19.
Suraj Patel, one of Maloney’s opponents in the Democratic major for the redrawn twelfth congressional district, accused the congresswoman of championing the discredited anti-vaxx motion that contributed to vaccine hesitancy.
“Her letter to the Defense Department exposes the depth of her crusade against vaccinations. What she did is right out of the vaccine conspiracy playbook,” Patel mentioned.
“We need leaders who are pro-science,” he mentioned.
One other major rival, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, mentioned throughout a debate Wednesday evening that the anti-vax motion amongst mother and father took maintain “due to the poison she [Maloney} helped plant.”
The Maloney campaign sought to dismiss the DOD letter as old news and insisted she’s been a staunch supporter of vaccinations and immunizations, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Carolyn Maloney supports vaccines and the science behind them. She has always voted for funding to bring vaccines to New York, including during the pandemic to set up two vaccine centers at Queensborough Houses and Astoria Houses in her district,” said Maloney campaign spokesman Bob Liff.
“Rehashing old stories that she asked questions in pursuit of greater vaccine safety do not take away from her consistent support for vaccines before and during the pandemic.”
During Wednesday’s debate sponsored by the Forward and the New Jewish Agenda, Maloney said “I’m pro-vaccine” and “I regret” raising any questions about them well before the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party’s unforced gerrymandering debacle has left it with two congressional heavyweights — Maloney and Jerrold Nadler — vying for the same House seat.
The courts ruled earlier this year that the Democratic lawmakers engaged in illegal partisan gerrymandering to win more congressional seats and threw out their redistricted maps. Republican critics derisively called the illegally drawn redistricting the “Hochulmander” because Gov. Kathy Hochul approved it.
A court-assigned special master tasked with fixing the maps merged Nadler’s Upper West Side base with Maloney’s Upper East side turf as part of a new 12th Congressional
Patel is the third candidate in the race, a dark horse looking to pull off an upset against the two septuagenarians who’ve served in the House since the early 1990s.