New York’s congressional Democrats unite behind Clinton
Democrats in New York's congressional delegation are now united behind Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.
Rep. Paul Tonko will endorse Clinton this week, according to a spokesman for the congressman. With Tonko's endorsement, Clinton has secured support from all 18 Democrats who represent New York in the House and both of the state's U.S. senators.
Clinton worked with most of the delegation when she was the junior senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. One of the few exceptions, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries — an early supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008 — announced his endorsement at a press conference last week with Reps. Greg Meeks and Yvette Clarke at City Hall.
Most of New York's elected leadership has rallied behind Clinton and are actively campaigning for her. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attended the debate in Las Vegas last week as surrogates for Clinton, and Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been outspoken supporters.
The one conspicuous exception is Mayor Bill de Blasio, who managed Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, but has said he wants to hear more about her plans before offering his endorsement. De Blasio has invited presidential candidates to a forum in Iowa in December that will be focused on income inequality.
New York's congressional Republicans have yet to rally around a candidate in their party's crowded field. Only two Republicans have endorsed so far: Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins have both endorsed Jeb Bush.
|District||Representative||Party||2016 Presidential Endorsement|
|US Senate||Charles Schumer||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|US Senate||Kirsten Gillibrand||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|1||Lee Zeldin||Republican||No endorsement|
|2||Peter King||Republican||No endorsement|
|3||Steve Israel||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|4||Kathleen Rice||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|5||Gregory Meeks||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|6||Grace Meng||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|7||Nydia Velazquez||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|8||Hakeem Jeffries||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|9||Yvette Clark||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|10||Jerold Nadler||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|11||Dan Donovan||Republican||No endorsement|
|12||Carolyn Maloney||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|13||Charles Rangel||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|14||Joe Crowley||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|15||Jose Serrano||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|16||Eliot Engel||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|17||Nita Lowey||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|18||Sean Patrick Maloney||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|19||Chris Gibson||Republican||Did not respond|
|20||Paul Tonko||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|21||Elise Stefanik||Republican||No endorsement|
|22||Richard Hanna||Republican||No endorsement|
|23||Tom Reed||Republican||Jeb Bush|
|24||John Katko||Republican||No endorsement|
|25||Louise Slaughter||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|26||Brian Higgins||Democrat||Hillary Clinton|
|27||Chris Collins||Republican||Jeb Bush|