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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

New York Times editorial board endorses Malinowski

Paper of record dings Kean for allowing “his party to resort to lies and attack ads” that spread conspiracies

By Nikita Biryukov, October 20 2020 10:26 pm

The editorial board of the paper of record endorsed Rep. Tom Malinowski’s (D-Ringoes) re-election Tuesday night.

“It’s hard to find a member of Congress better suited to serve the country than Representative Tom Malinowski, a former diplomat who has promoted human rights and democratic values around the world,” they said.

Malinowski, who is serving his first term in the House after ousting Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018, faces a challenge from State Sen. Minority leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield).

The paper had some praise for Kean, saying he “has a good understanding of key local issues like infrastructure,” but dinged him for the tenor of his congressional campaign.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Kean Jr. has allowed his party to resort to lies and attack ads on his behalf that spread dangerous conspiracy theories,” the left-leaning editorial board said.

The National Republican Congressional Commission has put hundreds of thousands of dollars behind a debunked ad that charges Malinowski is pro-sex offender, citing lobbying Human Rights Watch did against a 2006 bill that created a national sex offender registry.

The move prompted death threats to Malinowski, who sponsored a resolution condemning QAnon, the baseless conspiracy that claims Democrats opposed to Trump operate a global child sex trafficking ring.

That move and ones that followed earned the former assistant secretary of state a kindly regard from The Times.

“In a time of rising extremism, Mr. Malinowski, a freshman Democrat, helped restore essential funding to fight domestic terrorism,” they said. “This week, he introduced legislation aimed at preventing the spread of disinformation through large social media platforms like Facebook whose algorithms sometimes promote extremist content.”

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