Daniel Goldman, Ex-Trump Prosecutor, Tops Crowded Field in N.Y. Primary

Daniel Goldman, the former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the first impeachment case against Donald J. Trump, captured the Democratic nomination for an open House seat covering parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to The Associated Press.

The victory on Tuesday in the heavily Democratic district all but assures Mr. Goldman a seat in Congress come 2023; he will face Benine Hamdan, a little-known Republican candidate, in November.

Mr. Goldman, an heir to the Levi Strauss fortune, has a net worth of up to $253 million and pumped nearly $5 million of his own money into the race.

He vanquished several candidates who had stronger political ties to the area and who were drawn into the 10th Congressional District after an unusually messy redistricting process earlier this year.

The district’s contours changed to include the northwest precincts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan — prompting Representative Jerrold Nadler, who now represents the 10th District, to run in the 12th District against another incumbent, Carolyn Maloney, after that district was redrawn to include his Upper West Side base.

The result was a rare open seat in the heart of New York City, and a political gold rush.Thirteen Democratic candidates were on the ballot Tuesday, including a former congresswoman, a current congressman from the northern New York City suburbs, two local state assemblywomen and a local city councilwoman.

Carlina Rivera speaks to supporters and volunteers at Boulton and Watt in the Lower East Side after the primary elections in New York City.Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times
Mondaire Jones conceded the Democratic primary for the newly drawn 10th Congressional District to Daniel Goldman.Credit…Dave Sanders for The New York Times

Mr. Goldman lacked the political connections of many of his opponents. He had never held elective office before, nor had he been particularly involved with local Democratic political clubs or neighborhood community boards. But his wealth enabled him to carpet bomb the district with television ads.

And Mr. Goldman was able to successfully advance his case for election: that only a lawyer with his background prosecuting crime was equipped to protect American democracy in the age of Mr. Trump.

In the waning days of the race, several of Mr. Goldman’s opponents sought to turn his financial stature and investment portfolio against him.

According to financial disclosures with the House, which cover an 18-month period ending June 30, Mr. Goldman has a line of credit from Goldman Sachs worth up to $50 million, and has held investments in the weapons manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company; in oil companies including Chevron and Exxon Mobil; and the parent company of Fox News.

Yuh-Line Niou speaks at her primary night watch party in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. August 23, 2022.Credit…Stephanie Keith for The New York Times

Mr. Goldman promised to put his assets into a blind trust upon taking office and argued his holdings were so politically diverse because his portfolio was structured to mirror the S&P 500.

Last Monday, two of his competitors — Yuh-Line Niou, a state assemblywoman, and Representative Mondaire Jones, the congressman who currently represents Rockland County and parts of Westchester —held a joint news conference accusing Mr. Goldman of trying to buy the election. Mr. Jones called Mr. Goldman a “conservative Democrat.”

“He is using his inherited wealth to distort the Democratic process, to the point where he may well win this race if this grass-roots coalition does not stop him from doing so,” Mr. Jones said.

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