Exclusive: Jonathan Herzog Challenges Rep. Nadler To Primary Debates

Jonathan Herzog is aiming to defeat longtime incumbent Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in the Democratic primary for New York’s 10th’s Congressional District seat on June 23.

Herzog, 25, took to Twitter over the weekend, challenging Nadler, 72 to a debate. He gained a fair amount of traction from followers in his district, using the hashtag #HerzogNadlerDebates. Herzog has been vocal about Rep. Nadler, who has served in Congress since 1992 and has been re-elected 12 times with no significant opposition, spending far too much time focusing on impeaching President Donald Trump rather than addressing the needs of his constituents.

“In order to uphold an open democracy, networks should publicly demand that Nadler participate in three televised debates and avoid shirking his constituents on the front lines of the pandemic,” Herzog told this reporter. “Other NYC districts have already started holding debates. New Yorkers in the 10th district deserve nothing less.”

Herzog mentioned that “three networks have already agreed to host the debates” and “the ‘Yang Gang’ would bring historic rating and engagement in a win for any network hosting the NY-10 debates.”

New York’s 10th Congressional district, which includes neighborhoods in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, among them the Upper West Side, Financial District, Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Tribeca and Borough Park, an area that contains many small businesses, including restaurants, that has been hit hard by the economic fallout from the pandemic and lockdown orders.

“The 10th district is ground zero for the winner-take-all economy — home to Wall Street, but also where 1 in 6 lived in poverty even before COVD-19,” Herzog said.

Herzog is a first-generation American. Both of his parents moved to the U.S. from Israel. He considers himself a “Freedom Democrat” and worked on Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. Yang has since endorsed Herzog in his bid to unseat Nadler. Herzog believes the recent stimulus package has helped the idea of a universal basic income of $1,000 a month to those 18 years and older has gained traction.

“As U.S. COVID-19 deaths near 100,000, more than 1 in 5 of whom are New Yorkers, the Yang Gang won’t settle for lip service,” said Herzog. “Elected officials playing pandemic politics contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands. We’ve entered a new Great Depression. We need unconditional direct cash relief for all now — no means testing, no strings attached.”

Herzog grew up on the border of Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. According to his campaign website, he graduated first in his class at Harvard, received his MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business and served as co-President of Harvard Law School’s student government, where he is a teaching fellow for legal and political philosophy.

New York uses a closed primary process, meaning the selection of a party’s candidates in a primary election is limited to registered party members.

“The Sara Carter Show” is willing to host a debate between Nadler and Herzog, and has Herzog’s commitment should Rep. Nadler agree. However, Nadler has shied away from debates against any and all opponents this election cycle.

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