Despite the criticism his field of rivals occasionally leveled at him before last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, attorney Sean Patrick Maloney’s defeated opponents are all rallying together to support his candidacy later this afternoon. Joining Mr. Maloney are Dr. Richard Becker, Mayors Matt Alexander and Tom Wilson, and Duane Jackson, as well as former congressmen Maurice Hinchey and John Hall.
“Tuesday was a big night, but we’ve got a tough road ahead of us and we need to come together if we are going to defeat Nan Hayworth,” Mr. Maloney explained in an email to supporters last week.
GOP Congresswoman Nan Hayworth raised $290,000 in the last three months, a respectable sum but still less than one of her Democratic opponents, Sean Patrick Maloney, who announced he raised $320,000 himself within the same period, according to her recently filed FEC report.
However, she dwarfs Mr. Maloney in cash on hand, with over $1.2 million (he has $310,000), an advantage she is also sure to enjoy over Mr. Maloney’s two main primary opponents, Dr. Rich Becker and Wappinger Falls Mayor Matt Alexander, as well.
Earlier this evening, Democratic congressional candidate Rich Becker challenged the fundraising of one of his primary challengers, Sean Patrick Maloney, by releasing three “questions” for Mr. Maloney, who announced he raised a solid $320,000 this afternoon.
Addressing Mr. Maloney by his first name, Mr. Becker’s campaign spokesman Barry Caro wanted to know, “1) How much money did Sean raise from inside the 18th District? … 2) How much of Sean’s money can actually be spent on the primary, versus the general election? … 3) How much money is Sean’s campaign spending on paid canvassers to get him on the ballot, and how much of that is in this report?”
Sean Patrick Maloney, an attorney and former aide in Governor Eliot Spitzer’s administration, announced that his congressional campaign has pulled in a very solid $320,000 in a statement from earlier this morning.
Mr. Maloney’s total is made more notable by his relatively late entry in the race and his low burn rate — his campaign has $310,000 on hand as he moves forward to the June 26th primary, the winner of which will battle Hudson Valley Rep. Nan Hayworth in the general election.
Earlier this morning, Democratic congressional candidate Rich Becker attacked a recent interview Republican Nan Hayworth gave to Politico where she said “she’s tried to find a balance between doing what’s right for the country and doing what’s right for folks back home.”
According to Mr. Becker’s campaign, this means she’s “having trouble ‘find[ing] a balance between’ what the ‘tea party Republicans [who've] embraced her’ want and ‘what’s right for folks back home,’” and a statement from Mr. Becker himself indicated his displeasure at the comments.
Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander announced today that they received the endorsement of two local Democratic committees in Westchester County, which happens to be the home county of Mr. Alexander’s closest competitor for the Democratic nomination for a Congressional seat in the Hudson Valley.
“I am humbled to have the solid backing of yet another Democratic Committee in Westchester and look forward to working with them to make Nan Hayworth a one term Congresswoman,” said Mr. Alexander. “Let’s keep the momentum going.”
Successive press releases late last night announced the Dutchess County Democratic Party’s endorsement of Julian Schreibman as their candidate against Congressman Chris Gibson, Justin Wagner against State Senator Greg Ball, and Matt Alexander against Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. However, it is Mr. Alexander who is facing the most competitive race of the three and whose endorsement stands out.
Mr. Alexander, the mayor of Wappingers Falls, dropped some Occupy Wall Street-esque rhetoric in his statement touting the backing.
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In what may shake up the race against Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, attorney Sean Patrick Maloney announced he was entering the Democratic field yesterday afternoon. Mr. Maloney was also a candidate for Attorney General in 2006 and an aide to former Governor Eliot Spitzer.
“I am running for the United States Congress in 2012 against Tea Party favorite Nan Hayworth in the brand new NY-18 District,” he wrote to supporters. “You believed in me and helped me in my first race for public office several years ago, proving that we have the organizational and fundraising strength necessary to take up this fight – and win.”
Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, a nationally recognizable liberal and former Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, is fundraising for one of Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth’s opponents, Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander.
Congressman Frank is joined at the fundraiser by New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, another high-ranking member of the Financial Services Committee. Interestingly, Congresswoman Hayworth is also a member of this committee.
Earlier today, Rich Becker, a Democrat hoping to unseat Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in the 19th District next year, blasted her rejection of the payroll tax bill passed by the Senate as “extremism at its ugliest.” Now, Matt Alexander, Mr. Becker’s challenger in the Democratic primary, is joining in on the pileup. In an email sent to supporters, Mr. Alexander accused Congresswoman Hayworth of looking out for the interests of businesses rather than middle class families.
“You might have heard that the Senate passed a bipartisan deal to extend the payroll tax cut for middle class workers. This is a smart move, designed to help working families in a struggling economy. But the Tea Party members in the House, including Nan Hayworth, moved to block this sensible tax cut over the weekend,” Mr. Alexander wrote. “Even some of her Republican colleagues called the Boehner-Hayworth move ‘irresponsible,’ ‘wrong,’ and ‘jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of Americans.’”