Fundraising battle invoking Barney Frank in the 19th

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Matt Alexander, one of two Democrats who wants to unseat Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth in the  19th Congressional District, is holding a fundraiser next week headlined by Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Both  sit on the House Financial Services Committee with Hayworth. Frank, of course, is the namesake of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform legislation.

Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco, is also using the get-together as a chance to rally her troops, according to Capital Tonight.  She emailed her supporters with a plea for cash that begins: “Its bad enough that Congressman Frank helped drive our economy over a cliff, but now he is using his position to help my opponents raise money.”

Alexander’s campaign came back with its own response.

“Mayor Alexander is flattered that Congresswoman Hayworth is highlighting our event. He’s proud of support from any elected official who has stood up for consumer protection and working families over Wall Street greed.

“It’s no surprise that Nan Hayworth is fundraising off her job-killing Tea Party record. She has been audacious from Day One in her attempts to kill any sensible regulations of Wall Street — including Dodd-Frank — that might protect the bottom 99% of New York families. There is one candidate in this race who represents the interests of middle class and working families, and his name is Matt Alexander,”  T.J. Helmstetter, Alexander’s campaign manager for Alexander, said in a statement.

Alexander is the mayor of the village of Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County.

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