Pelosi Calls Sean Maloney’s Electoral Defeat A ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ For Republicans

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Democratic Campaign Committee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney’s defeat in his House race a “Pyrrhic victory” for Republicans.

Pelosi praised Maloney for his campaign, saying Wednesday that the attention the GOP brought to the race was at the expense of other important Republican House races. (RELATED: Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Gender Transition Procedures For Minors)

“Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney has been an outstanding leader of the (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee). It is a credit to his vision, his strategic thinking and his leadership that our members and candidates had the mobilization, message and money to run excellent races and win in tough districts,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“Republicans may have gained a Pyrrhic victory with this race because it has clearly come at the expense of other possible Republican wins.”

Maloney conceded his bid for reelection to his New York 17th district house seat Wednesday to Republican challenger Mike Lawler.

Republicans have spent upwards of $2 million on unseating Maloney. His seat was considered vulnerable, after his district was redrawn, when a Democrat-drawn map was thrown out. Previously, Maloney represented New York’s 18th district, but the redistricting threw Maloney’s district in with Rep. Mondaire Jones in the 17th.