A former candidate for attorney general who once worked for Gov. Eliot Spitzer and whose political roots go back to the Clinton White House joins the group of Democrats who are vying to take on Rep. Dr. Nan Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco.
Maloney sent out a fundraising email yesterday announcing his plans.
“I am running for the United States Congress in 2012 against Tea Party favorite Nan Hayworth in the brand new NY-18 District. 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. If you still believe in me, and you believe, like I do, that we must have new leadership in Congress, than I need your help again – and right away,” he wrote.
He owns a (summer) home in Sullivan County and apparently Manhattan, neither of which is in proposed renditions of the new Congressional District, which will be the 18th. That didn’t escape the notice of the campaign of Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander, who lives in the current 19th as well as the redrawn district.
“Sean Patrick Maloney doesn’t live in the 18th District, has never represented the people of the 18th District, and has no rationale for running in the 18th District. The working families of Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Middletown and the lower Hudson Valley deserve a representative who knows their communities and who has experienced the challenges facing the district first-hand. Mayor Matt Alexander is that candidate, with a proven record of fighting for the people and values of the Hudson Valley. The district’s families don’t need another Manhattan Democrat propelled by ambition and money to fly into their district with a cape, with no knowledge of its people or the unique problems they face,” Alexander’s campaign manager TJ Helmstetter said.
said in a statement. “Furthermore, the voters of this district deserve a candidate who will take on Nan Hayworth’s corporations-first mentality and put the people in this community first. And frankly, a Wall Street Democrat will not be able to draw the necessary contrasts with Nan Hayworth to win. Matt Alexander is the right candidate to run and win in the 18th district.”
A lawyer, Maloney ran for attorney general in 2006.
He is the sixth candidate to announce a desire to take on Hayworth. The other four are Dr. Rich Becker, a Cortlandt Town Board member who has vowed to move if his home is outside the 18th; Tom Wilson, mayor of Tuxedo Park in Orange County, Duane Jackson, the Times Square vendor from Buchanan who helped thwart a car-bomb attack in 2010 and Anne Jacobs Moultrie, a registered nurse and union leader from Orange County.