Not long ago, Zak Malamed was a 29-year-old Democratic whiz kid from Great Neck, who was running The Next 50, a political organization he founded to support House candidates under age 50, such as Senate candidates Ruben Gallego and Elissa Slotkin. Now, Malamed is running for the seat representing his hometown district, which will pit him against George Santos, the insufferable MAGA alarmist and indictment machine, who has been criminally charged on 13 counts focused on three alleged schemes. He’s a first time candidate, a Jewish mother’s dream, and part-time “Great Gatsby” tour guide. We chatted here about his thoughts on the race. As usual, this interview has been edited for clarity.
Tara Palmeri: Why are you running against George Santos?
Zak Malamed: I’ve spent the last four years defeating the most extreme Republicans across America. And I never imagined that the most Republican of them all would be representing me in my home congressional district.