House GOP Rallies Behind Malliotakis, a Republican Woman, as Staten Island Challenger

Republican Nicole Malliotakis’s primary bid for a Staten Island seat in the House of Representatives has won support from GOP women and party leadership

In 2017, she challenged New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and lost citywide, but won 70% of the vote in Staten Island. In the first quarter of this year, she raised more money than any other House GOP challenger, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Ms. Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman, has drawn donations and support from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) and a bevy of House GOP women in her bid to oust the new Democratic incumbent, Rep. Max . The general election is likely to be a tight one, but Republicans see it as one of their best opportunities to flip a Democratic-held seat and elect more women—which they vowed to do after the 2018 election left the House with nearly seven times as many Democratic women as GOP women.

Nicole Malliotakis Looks Strong in NY-11

By nearly all accounts, Nicole Malliotakis, state assemblywoman and 2017 candidate for mayor of New York, is poised to carry the Republican and Conservative Party lines against freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose.

In recent weeks, Malliotakis, 38, has raised eyebrows in political circles nationwide by raising more than $300,000 in the first quarter of the year—the most of any Republican non-incumbent U.S. House hopeful in the nation.

In addition, the announced House hopeful has received the maximum legal donation from House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, Cal., and early endorsements from New York Republican Reps. Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Wash.

Malliotakis, whose Assembly district is contained within the boundaries of the 11th District, carried 70 percent of the vote in Staten Island when she ran for mayor. In the Brooklyn portion of the district, her margin was 58 percent.

“And one thing I can’t wait to do when I’m in Congress is take on [New York’s far-left Democratic Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—on the House floor and on TV,” she told us, “My Mom was a refugee from Castro’s Cuba, and anyone who wants to take us down the road to socialism is on my bad side.”