A bipartisan advocacy group says freshman Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth of Bedford has agreed to its pledge to sit with a member of another political party during the Jan. 24 State of the Union address by President Barack Obama.
The group, No Labels, said it has a commitment from a dozen lawmakers so far. “That was just our initial outreach,’’ said spokeswoman Sarah Feldman. “We are going to be speaking to every single office.’’
No other members of the New York delegation were part of that initial group.
Last year many Republicans and Democrats arranged “bipartisan dates’’ for the speech after the idea was floated by Third Way, a centrist Democratic advocacy group.
Both of New York’s Democratic senators sat with Republicans.
Sen. Chuck Schumer sat with conservative Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand invited Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota to join her.