Richard Becker, a Cortlandt town councilman and cardiologist running in a Democratic primary in the Hudson Valley, hit his Republican opponent in the race for comments made on Facebook.
It appears as if a spokesman for Nan Hayworth, the Republican incumbent, responded on a Facebook thread to a local Democratic activist who had criticized an early post of his by saying:
Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz. My question today…when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.
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.
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.
Democratic Congressional candidate Richard Becker, who is running against Republican Nan Hayworth for her seat in the 19th district, issued a statement today slamming Ms. Hayworth for claiming to have a moderate voting record on Capitol Tonight yesterday while supporting the Medicare overhaul plan proposed by the GOP’s top budget writer, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
“Claiming to be a moderate on the same day that the profoundly radical Ryan Plan was re-released takes plenty of Chutzpah,” Mr. Becker said.
Democratic Congressional candidate Rich Becker picked up the endorsement of the Orange County Democratic Committee yesterday evening, a big get in his bid to unseat Hudson Valley Representative Nan Hayworth.
According Mr. Becker’s press release, the county organization gave him two thirds of their weighted vote. Orange County is significant as, with over 370,000 residents, it’s by far the most populous county in the district.
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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.”
Democrat Dr. Richard Becker isn’t going to let a little thing like Congressional lines stop his plans to challenge Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. If the draft maps released this morning by the special master are put into place, Dr. Becker will no longer live in Ms. Hayworth’s district, but he’s ready to move if he must.
“For the last three decades, I’ve been practicing medicine and building small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley. With the release of today’s draft Congressional maps from the special master, it appears I’ll be moving a couple minutes down the road,” Dr. Becker said in a statement. “I’ve been a part of our community for over thirty years and I fully intend to represent us in Congress. I am in this campaign to win it, and am certain that we will replace ‘No Comment Nan’ with a real leader who’ll represent us instead of the party bosses and financial elites.”
Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander also plans to challenge Ms. Hayworth. His campaign manager, TJ Helmstetter, released a statement describing Mr. Alexander as the “only Democratic candidate in the race who lives in the district and has reported fundraising to date.” It doesn’t look like Mr. Alexander will have the district all to himself in the end, but Mr. Helmstetter still thinks the proposed maps give his man the edge.