Hayworth and Maloney continue a bitter race
We are seeing some heated races across the state with it comes to politicians battling for control of the House of Representatives. Our Grace Rauh has more on the new 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley. Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney is challenging Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth for the seat.
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HUDSON VALLEY -- It is another day on the campaign trail, and another round of shots have been fired as Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth attempted to fend off her Democratic challenger, Sean Patrick Maloney.
Maloney is an attorney who advised former President Clinton. He was also a top aide to former Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. He ran for State Attorney General in 2006. Maloney calls himself a Bill Clinton Democrat. He said his opponent is a Tea Party Republican.
Hayworth is an opthamologist who was first elected to Congress two years ago, with Tea Party support. But, she does not call herself a member of the party.
"I'm Nan. I represent the Hudson Valley," said the Congresswoman.
Her campaign has not shied away from the label game as it tries to brand Maloney as an outsider. He has owned a home in nearby Sullivan County for 16 years, but he only moved into the district in April.
"He doesn't know the Hudson Valley," said Hayworth.
"When you don't have a record, you call people names and you try to muddy up the picture," noted Maloney.
This race is certainly bitter. And, outside money that is pouring into this district is only intensifying the race, by paying for attack ads.
The district includes Orange and Putnam counties, as well as parts of Dutchess and part of Westchester counties. Democrats outnumber Republicans by only a few thousand voters. There are about 8,000 registered Conservatives and more than 20,000 Independents.