New York Rep. Mike Lawler, R.-elect, appeared on “Sunday Night in America” to discuss the implications of his election ahead of an upcoming vote on a new House Speaker.
Lawler achieved a surprise victory in his district, not only winning in a mostly Democratic territory, but also defeating DCCC Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. This was the first time Maloney had lost his seat since 2013.
Lawler attributed his victory to his focus on voter issues and voters weary of a “one-party rule.”
“I focused solely on inflation, crime, education and those were the issues you know my constituents cared about. This is a D+3 district in the PVI rating. Joe Biden won it by 10 points. It’s the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and George Soros. This is by no means a rock-solid Republican district, but people in New York were very sick of the one-party rule,” Lawler said.
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He added, “For the first time in our nation’s history, Democrats controlled everything in Washington, Albany and New York City at once. They have smoothed out a mess and restored common sense at all levels of government. And in New York we saw a kind of red wave, I think voters wanted to send a message and they did.
His election also helped Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives, which will result in a House Representative election in January. Although some have expressed doubts as to whether Republicans can successfully agree on a candidate, Lawler put his support behind Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
“Listen, I fully support Kevin McCarthy. I think he’s done a great job leading the Republican conference over the past four years. He was extremely supportive of me in my race to defeat Sean Patrick Maloney, the DCCC chairman. And I’m a firm believer that you stick with whoever got you dancing. Loyalty has to play a part in this business. I think the Republican conference will unify under Kevin like it should,” Lawler said.
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He also noted: “I think on January 3rd he will have the required number of votes to run the House and set the agenda that many of us have been pursuing. You know, the commitment to America was obviously focused on making the United States and making all of our communities more affordable, giving parents a say in their children’s education, securing our borders, securing our freedoms. These are the ideals and values that got us into the election. And I look forward to getting to work next January to deliver on that agenda.”
Referring to all of McCarthy’s Republican critics, he advised representatives to focus primarily on the agenda rather than conflict.
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“The aim here has to be focused on the task at hand. Kevin McCarthy is not the enemy. The enemy here is one-party rule. The enemy is the woke progressive politics that has created absolute chaos in our country,” Lawler said.