Maloney exits DCCC race after being hospitalized

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney withdrew this week from a four-way competition to lead the House Democrats’ campaign arm after announcing he had been hospitalized with a bacterial infection and would miss his caucus’ votes for leadership positions.

Democrats started those closed-door elections on Wednesday and wound up electing Cheri Bustos of Illinois over the two other remaining contenders on Thursday to be the next chairperson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Maloney had asked the caucus to put off the vote because of his hospitalization, and said he would forego running if it was held in his absence.

Maloney’s office had announced on Tuesday that the congressman was in New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan to get intravenous antibiotics for a persistent infection that was first diagnosed in September. His spokesman announced on Friday that Maloney had returned home to Cold Spring to continue recovering and planned to return to work in Washington next week.

Maloney had made his pitch to be DCCC chairman in a letter to his colleagues shortly after winning re-election on Nov. 6, noting that he had proven his success by unseating a Republican six years earlier and holding his seat in a district that Donald Trump won in 2016. He also pointed to his fundraising prowess and the detailed analysis he was asked to do after the 2016 elections, which he said had given him deep familiarity with the Democrats’ campaign operations and reforms that needed to be made.

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