NY-12 Congressional debate: Patel puts Nadler, Maloney on defensive as they hesitate on backing a second Biden term

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The 12th Congressional District 12 debate stage turned into a combat zone Tuesday night, but not due to the presence of the two incumbent Congress Members Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, who have been thrown into the same district to fight for their political survival. 

The third contestant, Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer who has unsuccessfully run against Maloney twice, went after both sitting legislators — primarily Maloney — by criticizing their approach to policy as out of touch and repeatedly suggesting that the current tumultuous reality for Democrats calls for fresh ideas and a younger perspective.

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