The battle for the 18th Congressional District seat is off and running for sure.
A State Supreme Court judge has pulled Congresswoman Nan Hayworth’s name from the Independence Party line in the November ballot saying she lacked the sufficient number of valid signatures on her nominating petitions.
Hayworth, R-Bedford, is running for a second term against Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, who won the line in a race against four others in the June 26 primary.
Judge Sam Walker of Westchester County State Supreme Court has ruled that 66 of 814 signatures were invalid. “She was left with 748 signatures, 22 short of the required 770 signatures,” reads the 12-page decision by Walker. A total of 770 valid signatures were required.
The signatures were approved by the state Board of Elections, but questioned in a lawsuit because it was said they could not be read clearly or there was not a proper witness signature on the paperwork.
Hayworth’s staff on Tuesday confirmed that the campaign was disappointed with the decision and that they would fight it in court.
“We have started – and are well along – in the appeal process,” Campaign Manager Bruce Harvie said. “We are disappointed by the efforts of the Maloney campaign to disenfranchise these voters.”
Maloney’s campaign staff suggested the issue was more about dwindling support for Hayworth.
“Not one voter was disenfranchised by the court’s ruling – it’s a ridiculous claim meant to distract from the fact that Congresswoman Hayworth’s efforts to end Medicare as we know it have made her so unacceptable to the Independents of this district that she couldn’t find 770 voters who actually wanted her on the ballot,” said Ben Hodapp, Maloney’s campaign manager.
Hayworth did have the Independence Party support when she ran in 2010. In addition to the Republican support, she has the Conservative party line in this election as she did in the last one.
The district includes parts of Westchester and Dutchess counties and all of Orange and Putnam counties.
This posting has been updated to include comments from Maloney’s staff.