Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth is going to try to win back her seat.
The one-time Republican lawmaker emailed supporters this afternoon announcing that she will officially kick off her campaign Sunday to unseat one-term Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. The move sets the stage for what is likely to be one of the most watched House races in New York this year.
GOP State Senator Greg Ball, an outspoken Hudson Valley legislator who repeatedly knocked then-Rep. Nan Hayworth last year–even threatening to run a primary campaign against her–is taking his hat out of the ring. In a statement released late this morning, Mr. Ball said he was focused on his work in Albany and had no overriding desire to defeat the Democrat who ultimately beat Ms. Hayworth, Sean Patrick Maloney.
“I want to make it clear that I am focused on finishing this legislative session and delivering for my current district and not running for Congress,” he said. “As for my re-election in the current State Senate seat, I will make a final decision on that as the time nears.”
Drugs & Marriage
A number of key New York congressional seats were at stake election day last week. When all the votes were counted, though there were over a half-dozen competitive races only three districts changed partisan hands. One of those belonged to Hudson Valley Rep. Nan Hayworth, a freshman Republican who came in on the Tea Party wave two years ago and narrowly lost her seat this time around to Democratic attorney Sean Patrick Maloney. On Friday, Ms. Hayworth went on Richard French Live to look back on her unsuccessful election, as well as the broader national race.
“Look, Hurricane Sandy did have an effect on the public discourse,” she contended. “There are issues of momentum that affected races like mine. The President had a substantial percentage margin over Governor Romney and we had known if there were a really large margin for the president, above say 5 points, that that would be very hard for us to overcome structurally in the new district that I was running in.”
hudson valley hostility
President Barack Obama was clearly the biggest winner last night with his victory over Mitt Romney, but there were two other notable victories in this election. Same-sex marriage and openly gay candidates won in multiple states as did initiatives to allow for medical and recreational marijuana.
Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney really wants you to associate incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth with the Tea Party movement, at least if his television advertisements are any indication.
“Congresswoman Nan Hayworth’s gone Tea Party on us, and it’s not pretty: voting to end Medicare to pay for tax breaks for millionaires….like her,” the narrator in Mr. Maloney’s first commercial declared as constituents are shown sipping tea and gagging at the bitter taste.
Spiking The Football
This morning, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially set its sights on six congressional races across New York State and launched ads in each of them. Stretching from Long Island to Buffalo, the broadcast barrage attacks Democratic congressional incumbents Tim Bishop, Kathy Hochul, Bill Owens and Louise Slaughter, and attempts to beat back Democratic candidates Sean Patrick Maloney and Dan Maffei.
The size of the ad buy wasn’t immediately available, but the Chamber launched a significant $3.3 million campaign for California Republicans last week, so their New York has the potential to be sizable.
Hudson Valley Congressman Nan Hayworth’s bid to hold onto the Independence Party line was thwarted in appeals court yesterday and the Republican will have one less spot on the ballot as she competes against Democratic attorney Sean Patrick Maloney this November. Not content to leave the news stand on its own, Mr. Maloney blasted out a statement this afternoon entitled, “Hayworth Can’t Find 770 Independent Voters Who Want Her Back.”
Of course, “Independent” voters aren’t the same thing as the more common “independent” variety, but Mr. Maloney felt her inability to secure enough signatures to spoke to her conservative ideology and votes.
winners & losers
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.
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After much tension and circumstance, today’s primary elections for federal elections have come to a close, and there were few surprises to be found.
In each congressional race, the candidate of the conventional wisdom emerged victorious and all incumbents that sought to return to Washington D.C. next year are now set to do so — at least in parts of heavily Democratic New York City where primary elections are the actual contest.
The list of primary champions includes Reps. Charlie Rangel, Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke, with open seat contenders Hakeem Jeffries and Grace Meng added in as well.
Sean Patrick Maloney, who served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2000, just got his former boss’s backing for his congressional campaign. Mr. Maloney is running for the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth in November, and the public support from a popular Democrat like Mr. Clinton is a nice thing to have in his back pocket.
“I support Sean because I know he’ll be an outstanding member of Congress,” Mr. Clinton said in a statement. “Sean worked closely with me in the White House to create jobs, grow our economy and balance the budget. It’s time to bring a common sense approach back to Congress, and Sean Patrick Maloney is the right Democrat to help restore the economy and get people back to work in the Hudson Valley.”