Hayworth pumps $1 million into her campaign

Republican Nan Hayworth this week sank $1 million of her own money into her bid to win back New York’s 18th Congressional District seat, erasing a funding gap as her rematch race against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney enters the homestretch.

Federal Election Commission campaign filings show the Westchester County eye doctor already had loaned or given her campaign around $700,000 since the last election, and made her latest, jumbo investment on Tuesday. She had reported having almost $430,000 in her account as of Oct. 15, after raising $90,000 and spending almost $500,000 in the previous two weeks.

Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, had almost $900,000 on hand, or twice as much money as his challenger, on Oct. 15, according to FEC records. He had raised about $220,000 and spent about $480,000 in the first two weeks of the month.

Spending by national parties and outside organizations on ads and mailings for the race has surpassed $2 million. The biggest spenders thus far, according to campaign filings compiled by the website opensecrets.org, are the House Majority PAC and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which have spent a combined $1.5 million on Maloney’s behalf.

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Maloney camp rips Hayworth’s “paycheck fairness” dodge

One piece of this week’s debate between Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth that didn’t make it into the Times Herald-Record coverage but provided campaign fodder for Maloney’s side was a discussion about the Paycheck Fairness Act, a Democratic initiative blocked in Congress by Republican opposition for several years.

The bill is intended to close the earnings gap between women and men by strengthening protections against gender-based wage discrimination that supporters blame for men being paid more than female peers. The bill would update the Equal Pay Act — a 1963 law making it illegal to pay women less than men for the same work — by tightening the discrimination standard and making employers subject to lawsuits if they break the law, among other steps. Opponents have challenged the wage-disparity data supporters have cited and questioned the effectiveness of the proposed remedies.

When asked by the Times Herald-Record for her position on the bill, Hayworth said she supported “equal pay for equal work,” but when pressed by Executive Editor Barry Lewis she repeatedly resisted answering if she was for or against the Paycheck Fairness Act specifically. Instead, she tried connecting the issue of women’s wages to her critique of Democratic economic policies, which she believes have stifled growth.

“It completely misses the point if you don’t have jobs to go to in the first place,” she said.

Maloney’s campaign tweaked the former congresswoman the next day for refusing “six times” to provide a direct answer, linking to a video segment with Hayworth’s somewhat rambling response in its press release. “This is hard to believe it’s so crazy — first Tea Party Congresswoman Hayworth defunded Planned Parenthood and now won’t support the simple concept of equal pay for equal work,” campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Formas said.

The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act when Democrats controlled the House in 2009, but Senate Republicans blocked it the next year, and it has never advanced since being re-introduced. Republicans most recently prevented a vote on the bill in the Democratic-controlled Senate in September, as Democrats pressed the issue as part of their campaign message this season. The House bill, going nowhere in that Republican-led chamber, currently has 208 co-sponsors, all of them Democrats except one. The lone Republican is Chris Gibson of New York’s 19th District, who signed on as a co-sponsor on Sept. 16, the day after the Senate bill fizzled.

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At least it wasn’t the Sapient line

Supporters of independent congressional candidate Scott Smith and United Monroe’s Assembly and Town Board candidates will have to squint hard to find their candidates’ party names on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That’s because all three office seekers were placed on the Women’s Equality Party ballot line that Gov. Andrew Cuomo created for his re-election campaign. Further to the right in that row are the boxes for Smith, Assembly candidate Dan Castricone and Town Board candidate Dennis McWatters, with the words “Send Mr. Smith” and “United Monroe” in tiny letters in the upper left corners of the boxes. Smith is running in the 18th Congressional District race with Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth.

Orange County elections commissioner Sue Bahren explains that those independent candidates didn’t get their own rows because the number of parties for the gubernatorial race had already exceeded the limit of nine rows, forcing the county to combine two (Stop Common Core and Libertarian) on one line and insert Smith and the United Monroe candidates on the first available independent line.

That meant Women’s Equality. Above that were the six parties with guaranteed places on New York’s ballot. Below that were three others parties with candidates for governor, including the Sapient Party, whose standard bearer is Steven Cohen and whose name means “having great wisdom.”

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Hillary Clinton will campaign for Maloney

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lend her star power to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s re-election campaign by appearing at a “Women for Maloney” rally on Monday in Somers, a northern Westchester County town about 20 minutes north of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s home in Chappaqua.

Maloney’s campaign announced this morning that the event will be free and open to any members of the public who grab tickets, distributed at five campaign offices on a first-come basis. The rally will take place at the Pinnacle at Heritage Hills country club, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m.

Maloney said in the release:

“For more than two decades, I’ve seen Hillary in action fighting for middle class families, so I look forward to Hillary joining me to discuss our plans to grow our economy and create jobs. Hillary’s led the way breaking down barriers for women and young girls, but our fight isn’t over against the Tea Party crowd who want to destroy opportunities for women by defunding Planned Parenthood, privatizing Social Security and opposing equal pay for equal work.”

Maloney worked as an aide in the (Bill) Clinton White House and got a boost from his former boss during his first congressional run two years ago. The former president appeared at a rally and fundraiser for Maloney and recorded a robocall on his behalf that circulated shortly before the election.

Tickets for the rally may be claimed at Maloney’s campaign offices on Friday and Saturday. Locations include 320 Front St. in Newburgh and 6 West St. in Middletown.

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Outside group pledges $600,000 for anti-Maloney ads (updated)

A conservative group called the American Action Network announced Friday that it plans to spend $600,000 on mailings, internet ads and TV commercials opposing “liberal Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney,” who’s running for a second term in one of 20 House of Representatives races on which American Action Network and an affiliate vow to invest $19 million altogether.

“Sean Patrick Maloney thinks his constituents should have to live by one set of rules and he should get to live by another,” Emily Davis, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a press release that repeated the campaign themes of Maloney’s opponent, former Rep. Nan Hayworth. “From voting to have first class air travel for Members of Congress to violating a ban by the very entity he oversees in Congress, Sean Patrick Maloney has proven he doesn’t deserve the trust of Hudson Valley families.”

The spending will go largely toward “heavy mail and digital advertising,” with some for TV ads in late October, the release said.

According to the Opensecrets.org website, outside organizations have spent $1.5 million so far this year on New York’s 18th Congressional District race, with the Democrats’ House Majority PAC leading the way with $714,000, followed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($372,000) and pro-Hayworth U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($301,000).

Update: Maloney campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Formas issued the following statement in response to the American Action Network’s announcement:  ”This Wall Street funded Super PAC and Tea Party Congresswoman Nan Hayworth are two peas in a pod — they support privatizing Social Security and giving more tax breaks to multimillionaires like themselves. Congresswoman Hayworth’s Wall Street friends want her back in Congress so she can pass her plan to let them gamble senior’s retirement on Wall Street.”

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Maloney lauded for work on behalf of farmers

The New York Farm Bureau has awarded Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney its “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award, recognizing the freshman Democrat for his work on the reauthorized federal Farm Bill as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and support for specialty crop growers in the Hudson Valley.

“The Friend of Farm Bureau honor recognizes Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s voting record on American Farm Bureau Federation’s priority issues in Congress,” bureau President Dean Norton said in a press release issued by Maloney’s office. “His support for the Farm Bill and the efforts to understand the needs of farmers in the Hudson Valley are much appreciated.”

Maloney, who had sought the Agriculture seat to make Hudson Valley farming a priority when he took office in 2013, noted in the release that the new Farm Bureau included crop-insurance reforms that had been sought by vegetable growers in Orange County’s Black Dirt Region and other local farmers.

“Working across the aisle, we delivered the best Farm Bill ever written for our small family farms in the Hudson Valley,” Maloney said in the statement. “I’m proud to be recognized as a ‘Friend of the Farm Bureau’ and I’ll continue delivering results for hardworking farmers, families and small businesses in the Hudson Valley.”

Shortly after that announcement, Maloney’s re-election campaign declared a new “Farmers for Maloney” brigade, supplying supportive quotes from five farmers in three counties, including Jenny Crist and Sharon Soons from Orange.

“As an apple grower in Orange County we are excited to have Congressman Maloney on the House Ag Committee!” Crist said in that release. “His dedication to keeping farms viable in the Hudson Valley is so important to our local food source, landscape and environment. In particular, he worked hard on the Farm Bill and was able to help bring it to fruition. The new Farm Bill is responsible for the crop insurance program which has been important to our ability to get through frost and hail years. It also provides more specialty crops (apples, vegetables) research funding to keep our industry competitive.”


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Maloney’s third-quarter campaign spending doubles Hayworth’s (updated)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign outraised Nan Hayworth’s again during the last three months, but the cash gap between the Democratic incumbent and Republican challenger narrowed somewhat with his spending about twice the amount she spent over that same period, according to the candidates’ latest campaign finance reports.

As the Maloney-Hayworth rematch race entered its homestretch, Maloney reported raising $777,710 and spending $1.4 million between July 1 and Sept. 30, leaving him with $1.2 million on hand. Hayworth, the former congresswoman he unseated two years ago, declared $453,973 in income and $695,890 in expenses over those same three months, which left her with $835,721 her coffers as of Sept. 30.

Update: The difference in the two candidates’ spending was due largely to the volume of TV ads each booked for that period. Maloney’s finance report shows $1.1 million in media expenses through SKDKnickerbocker, a Washington, D.C. firm. Hayworth’s campaign listed $296,460 in spending through its advertising firm, Jamestown Associates of Princeton, N.J.

Maloney had almost $320,000 more in his coffers than Hayworth by the end of the third quarter. That was down slightly from the cash edge of almost $400,000 he had when the quarter began.

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Smith answers questions from debate he couldn’t join

The independent candidate running for the congressional seat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney holds and former Rep. Nan Hayworth wants back has submitted written answers to questions from a recent debate at Middletown High School that he wasn’t allowed to join.

Goshen resident Scott Smith, a candidate for New York’s 18th Congressional District, didn’t share the stage with the Democratic incumbent and Republican challenger on Oct. 6 but was invited by the event’s sponsor, the Orange County Citizens Foundation, to answer the same questions in writing to be posted on the foundation’s web site. Here are the responses he gave.

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Third candidate wants to debate with Maloney and Hayworth

Shut out of one debate this week and two more scheduled for next week, independent candidate Scott Smith is calling on Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth to demand he share the stage with them to voice his views.

Smith, a Goshen resident who won a court fight to affirm his place in New York’s 18th Congressional District race after his petition was challenged and rejected, will be on the Nov. 4 ballot as a third candidate for the seat in the midst of a caustic rematch fight between Maloney and Hayworth, the Republican freshman Maloney unseated in 2012.

This week, Smith sent strongly worded letters to both of his opponents, reminding them they faced no “unjustified objections” to their petitions as he had, and calling it “at best convenient and at worst cowardly” that they hadn’t asked for him to join the debates. He went on to challenge them to debate him and say they could “demonstrate their character” by insisting he take part in a Time Warner Cable forum taking place at Marist College in Poughkeepsie on Thursday.

Maloney and Hayworth are also scheduled to debate — without Smith — in her Westchester County hometown, Bedford, on Tuesday, an event organized by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Smith was not invited to participate in the Oct. 6 face-off at Middletown High School between Maloney and Hayworth. The debate’s sponsor, the Orange County Citizens Foundation, has offered to allow Smith to answer in writing the same questions that were posed to the other two candidates that night, and plans to post his responses on its web site. (A video recording of the debate is already posted there.)

Smith’s political positions, which includes  conservative views on the Affordable Care Act and gun rights, are outlined on his web site, www.sendmrsmith2014.com.

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Republicans Larkin, Green praise Maloney in web ads

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign rolled out two web ads today in which two prominent Republicans from Orange County — state Sen. William Larkin Jr. and New Windsor Supervisor George Green — delivered fulsome praise for the Democratic congressman, giving him two striking endorsements from across the aisle in the midst of his re-election race against Nan Hayworth, the Republican he unseated two years ago.

Larkin, interviewed on camera, calls Maloney a “very decent, honest gentleman,” saying he was the first Democrat to call to congratulate him on an election victory in his 36 years as a state legislator. He praises Maloney’s commitment to the 18th Congressional District and to veterans’ issues — a major priority for Larkin, a retired Army colonel who served for 23 years.

“The congressman has been there for us,” Larkin concludes in the video.

Green, in his segment, calls Maloney “a wonderful congressman,” describes him as genuine and lauds Maloney’s help in dealing with FEMA. “He cut through the red tape very effectively in his first term in office. When he says he’s going to do something, I know he’s going to do it. I think it’s very important that we keep Congressman Maloney.”

“And coming from a Republican?” Green asks, then break into a chuckle.



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