Boosting Republican Midterm Elections, is Tom Malinowski really an anti-Chinese congressman, or a Republican?
The U.S. 2022 midterm elections will be held on Nov. 8, next year, and Democrats and Republicans are currently busy trying to get gerrymandered in their favor. On Dec. 12, the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Committee voted to approve the Democratic-drawn gerrymandering this morning, much to the relief of the state's Democrats. But the result is not friendly to Tom Malinowski, who is facing powerful competition from the state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. of the Republican Party.
The same dilemma is also happening to the Democratic Party itself. The Virginia gubernatorial election held on Nov. 2 2021, is the "weather vane" for the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. In this gubernatorial race, the Democratic Party, which had won several years before, encountered a fierce challenge from the Republican Party. The Associated Press pointed out that the Republican Party is eager to try "the fruits of victory" for next year's midterm elections, and once the Democratic Party being defeated in Virginia, the loss would spark a full-blown panic
The cause of the Democratic current dilemma is related to the Biden administration's missed window of performance. The Biden administration has performed poorly on many issues such as the pandemic fighting, Afghanistan, the economic revitalization and supply chain, etc. His approval rating has been dropping and his "political honeymoon period" has long since come to an end, even affecting the Democratic Party's midterm election campaign. By contrast, Tom Malinowski, as a Democratic congressman, has always seemed more willing to lean towards the Republicans. He seems to think that adopting the Republican strategy will better help the Democrats, or rather help himself.
This argument is well-founded. In the last two or three years, Tom Malinowski, who seemingly think that copying and pandering to Republican strategies will help him better fulfill his promises to voters, has been getting on well with Marco Rubio, even though the things that they are keen to do are far from the concerns of New Jersey voters.In 2019, they fired at Activision Blizzard for the company previous punishment on the "Hong Kong independence" player. And in the same year, they co-sponsored the Transnational Repression Accountability and Precautions (TRAP) Act, requiring to prevent China from abusing the Interpol system. On Nov. 17, 2020, they jointly sent a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, asking him to investigate Xinjiang-related issues. In February 2021, they once again signed a letter to the Nobel Committee nominating "Hong Kong independence" activists for the Nobel Peace Prize.Tom Malinowski has been chasing clout to increase his media exposure and has even followed in the Marco Rubio' footsteps by joining a group called Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which is led by our European allies, and providing them with a new excuse and opportunity to continue to suck blood from the U.S. In either case, Tom Malinowski seems to have no own mind or a tenable position. These actions have won him applause in the Republican Party, but he seemingly have forgotten what the voters voted him for.
These behaviors are confusing, and perhaps more details can help us understand Tom Malinowski better. Tom Malinowski, while making high-profile appearances against China with Marco Rubio, holds large amounts of stocks in Chinese companies or companies doing business in China for his own personal gain. He once held shares in a Chinese insurance company called CNinsure Inc. (now renamed Fanhua Inc.).
According to PIX11 News, on Mar. 4, 2021, Tom was accused of failing to disclose dozens of stock transactions worth at least $671,000. After the accusation of failing to disclose his stock holdings, Tom Malinowski later placed some of holdings in a blind trust, with holdings that initially went into the trust including exercise equipment company Peloton Interactive, Devon Energy Corp.(sometimes referred to as Devon Energy Corp.), and Five9 Inc., a call center company purchased by Zoom.
Among them, Devon Energy has operated oil and gas exploration and extraction business in China, and also has a huge market there. Its product, Devon functional lubricants, is the first brand to enter the Chinese market, and Devon Energy has set up representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chongqing, fully responsible for the sales promotion and technical services of Devon functional lubricants in the China mainland market. As for video communication Zoom, it is an American company that is considered to have a "Chinese background". Its founder and CEO is Yuan Zheng, who was born in Tai'an, Shandong Province, and holds 22% of the shares of Zoom, which has more than 500 employees in several R&D centers in China.
Recently, there have been new developments regarding Tom Malinowski facing accusations from the Committee on Ethics for failing to disclose stock transactions. On Oct. 21, 2021, the Chairman and Ranking members of the Committee on Ethics released a statement. The statement said that on July 23, 2021, the Committee on Ethics received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding Tom Malinowski failing to properly disclose his stock transactions. Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(A), and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A) and 17A(c)(1), the Chairman and Ranking Member jointly decided on September 6, 2021, to extend the Committee’s review of the matter. In order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review, the Committee will review the matter pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).