Rematch with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney looms
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
It’s official: Former U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican, has announced her bid to reclaim the U.S. House of Representatives seat she lost two years ago, promising a rematch with incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat who defeated her and has set up his own re-election organization for 2014.
Hayworth, a physician, unofficially alerted news media last week of her plans and formally launched her campaign on Sunday (Feb. 9) in Chester. In a brief speech and related online statements, she signaled her intent to focus her campaign on attacks on the Affordable Care Act – the president’s plan, passed by Congress, to provide basic health care to American citizens — and bread-and-butter issues.
“I am determined to restore respect for hard work and individual freedom that made America the promised land for generations of immigrants,” Hayworth said Sunday. “I am determined to assure that everyone will have their chance to achieve the American Dream.”
Asserting opposition to “arrogant elitists,” she said “Washington is deep into a process of controlling where and when and how the dollars we work for are spent. I am here to tip the scales back to you.” In a separate statement online, she declared that “anyone who lives in the Hudson Valley knows that our economy isn’t working, Obamacare doesn’t work, and the middle class is falling behind. The dysfunction in Washington can be corrected by changing the people in Congress.”
The 18th Congressional District’s current person in Congress’ House chamber, Rep. Maloney, has so far occupied himself with rounds of constituent visits and services, in addition to legislative activity at the Capitol, keeping overt campaigning to a minimum. His re-election organization has a Facebook page and online presence, where one statement contends that he “gets results for his middle-class Hudson Valley neighbors the same way he got results in the Clinton White House and his own business – with hard work, not partisan games.”
Maloney, who served as an aide to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, lives in Cold Spring.