Richard Becker, a Westchester cardiologist and county legislator sent out an email to supporters crowing that he is now the front-runner in the Democratic primary for the right to take on Nan Hayworth for the Hudson Valley congressional seat.
“Our campaign raised nearly $230,000 – four times as much as our nearest competitior, and it’s all thanks to you,” Mr. Becker wrote. “Both the Journal News and the Times Herald Record were buzzing about our new front-runner status. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and dedication that have gotten us this far.”
Mr. Becker does appear to be crushing it in the fundraising race. His nearest competitor, Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander has raised $56,000 this year and had only $21,000 in the bank for a primary that could be as early as June. But neither of the newspapers he cites actually call him a front-runner. The Journal-News describes him only as “The Democrat who’s been campaigning longest” while the Times Herald Record describes him only as “a heart-specialist from Cortlandt.”
And while his $230,000 is an impressive haul, it is nowhere near that of Ms. Hayworth, who collected $352,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and has $1.1 million on hand.
Full email below:
Just giving you a quick update on the campaign. Last week, I spoke to the Peekskill Democratic Committee right here in Westchester. Everyone in the room was buzzing with enthusiasm to support a strong Democratic Candidate to replace Tea Party Republican Nan Hayworth. Our message of focusing government on serving everyone equally, not just the privileged few, continues to resonate with the voters of the 19th Congressional District.
However, the biggest news came out yesterday with the latest FEC filings: our campaign raised nearly $230,000 – four times as much as our nearest competitior, and it’s all thanks to you. Both the Journal News and the Times Herald Record were buzzing about our new front-runner status. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and dedication that have gotten us this far.
But we’re not done yet! First of all, Nan Hayworth has raised over $200,000 from PACs and special interest groups in an effort to silence your voice. Second, a federal judge ruled last week that our primary must be moved up to June 26th! That means our whole primary process has been moved forward, from petitioning to canvassing. So please, sign up now to volunteer.
The excitement about this campaign is catching on all over the district, and this latest news is really spreading fast. But I know we wouldn’t be here without you. With your help, we are taking a stand against obstructionism and favoritism, and I know that if we keep pushing like this, together, we will win on election day.
Thank you for your strength and dedication.
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