Republican Whip Scalise Headlines Lawler Fundraiser in Monsey

By Reuvain Borchardt

Rep. Steve Scalise (R) speaks in support of congressional candidate Mike Lawler (L) at a fundraiser at a home in Monsey on Thursday. (Reuvain Borchardt/Hamodia)

MONSEY — The second-highest ranking House Republican attended a fundraiser in Monsey on Thursday for congressional candidate Mike Lawler, as the surprisingly close race in New York’s 17th district continues to get national attention.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House minority whip, visited the heavily Orthodox Jewish enclave Thursday along with his chief deputy whip, Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), in support of Lawler, who is seeking to oust Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chair of the Democratic National Campaign Committee who suddenly finds himself fighting for his political life in a district that Democratic President Joe Biden won by 10 points in 2020.

Polls have shown a close race between Lawler, a 36-year-old assemblyman, and Maloney, 56, a five-term congressman, as Republicans are surging due to rising inflation, gas prices, and crime.

The district includes all of Rockland County, and a majority of the Orthodox community is expected to support Lawler.

Underscoring the importance of the race — and Maloney’s prominence — Biden called the Skverer and Vizhnitzer Rebbes on Monday to seek endorsements for Maloney. No endorsements have yet been made.

And Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), the top-ranking House Republican, previously visited the Westchester portion of the district to stump for Lawler.

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