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 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.”
In another sign that Rush Limbaugh is increasingly becoming an albatross around the necks of Republicans, Richard Becker, a cardiologist and Westchester County legislator running for Congress, held a rally in front of the office of the incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth calling on her to rebuke Rush Limbaugh.
“This is not a simple press conference,” Mr. Becker said in a statement. “This is a rallying cry! Comments like Rush Limbaugh’s are just the latest in the Republican War on Women. Back when Nan was running in 2010, she went around and told all of us in Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess that she was pro-choice because she knew that she couldn’t win in this district any other way. But a funny thing happened on Hayworth’s way to Washington. All of a sudden, it was ‘I’m pro-choice, unless…’ That’s just absolutely bogus: either you’re pro-choice, or you’re not.”
Earlier today Matt Alexander, the mayor of Wappingers Falls and a Democrat running in a primary to face incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth for a Hudson Valley Congressional seat, sent out an email crowing that he is the lone Democrat standing under the new district lines put out last night by the Assembly and the Senate.
“We’ve known from Day One that Matt Alexander is the only Democrat in this race with the necessary experience and abilities to beat Nan Hayworth. The news today is that he is the only remaining Democratic candidate who lives in the renumbered district, has raised money, and generated endorsements,” said campaign spokesman T.J. Helmstetter. ”It’s time to stop saying ‘when the lines are drawn’ and for Democrats and progressives everywhere to hit the ground running in this campaign.”
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.’”
The ink isn’t yet dry on Congress’ rejection of a payroll tax cut bill passed by the Senate, but already the attacks are coming.
“Today my opponent, Congresswoman Hayworth, voted in lock step with the Tea Party once again by voting to kill a bipartisan agreement to extend the payroll tax cut for the middle class and unemployment insurance – a bill that was overwhelmingly passed in the Senate by an 89 to 10 vote.” said Rich Becker, a Westchester legislator and doctor who is running against one-term GOP incumbent Nan Hayworth. “Hayworth said she voted against the bipartisan compromise on ‘principle.’ It seems she would rather see 10.1 million New Yorkers pay $1,000 more in taxes and kill unemployment insurance for those seeking jobs if she and other ideological extremists in Congress do not get everything they want.”
There are still a number of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to take on Nan Hayworth in NY-19, but the campaign arm of House Democrats are already touting the campaign of one contender.
In an email sent out to supporters today touting what they say are 60 strong challengers to incumbent Republicans that could help Democrats retake Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lists Rich Becker, a Westchester County lawmaker and a cardiologist, as the apparent candidate of their choice:
Rich Becker, a Westchester County town councilman and a cardiologist, announced today that he is beginning to put together a campaign to challenge Nan Hayworth in the 19th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Hudson Valley.
“As a doctor, I can tell you the medicine Nan’s been dispensing in Washington has been bad for local job creation, bad for our local economy, and bad for Hudson Valley seniors,” said Becker, a Democrat, in a statement. “Right now we have a Congresswoman who is more interested in following orders from the Tea Party than she is helping to create local jobs and protecting Hudson Valley seniors’ healthcare. That has got to change.”