To impeach or not to impeach: for most of the House Democrats who represent New York City, the answer is yes.
“I’m hopeful that we get to the point where we can actually have that vote,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told NY1 this week.
Eight members of the city’s 13-member Congressional delegation are in favor of impeachment proceedings, including two who got onboard just this week: Rep. Grace Meng of Queens and Rep. Eliot Engel, who represents parts of the Bronx and Westchester County.
Both face primary challenges next year where they will be feeling pressure from the left; both say that dynamic did not factor into their decision.
On the other end of the spectrum is Rep. Max Rose, whose swing district covers Staten Island and south Brooklyn, where Trump support runs relatively high. He’s undecided on impeachment, but favors pressing on with current House investigations. Rep. Tom Suozzi, who represents parts of eastern Queens and Long Island, takes a similar view.
Then there’s Rep. Greg Meeks of southeast Queens, who says he’s conflicted at times.
“You don’t want to be misinterpreted that you’re allowing this guy to get away with anything,” Meeks said. “So it’s tempting. It really is tempting.”
But Meeks believes impeachment could backfire, endangering vulnerable Democrats across the country.
“That then could lead to an outcome of: We lose the House, and helping Trump get re-elected as President,” Meeks said. “That’s a worst-case scenario, and a chance that I don’t want to take.”
He, too, says House investigators should continue to build a better case. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn is in much the same camp; as part of the House leadership, observers say, he must consider where other, more moderate Democrats across the country stand.
Then there’s Rep. Jerry Nadler, who’s among Trump’s most prominent foes, but also hasn’t yet called for impeachment outright, deferring to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
No doubt all of New York’s House members want Trump gone, where they disagree is how to get there.
“The President wants us to impeach him, right now. He doesn’t want us to wait. He wants us to impeach him right now,” Meeks said. “Why give him what he wants?”