Hayworth, Maloney trade jabs in fundraising appeals

The gloves already have come off in the impending rematch race between Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and his predecessor, Nan Hayworth, at least in the red-meat appeals they make to potential donors to drum up campaign cash.

Hayworth, the Westchester County Republican who represented New York’s 19th Congressional District from 2011 to 2012, kicked things off with a message to supporters branding Maloney a “congressman for $ale” for his calling attention to an Orange County business venture during a gathering of Congress members with President Obama. That conversation got publicity because the president reportedly responded dismissively.

The Hayworth campaign asked supporters: “When Sean Patrick Maloney had the opportunity to meet with President Obama, did he talk about the millions of people losing their health insurance because of Obamacare? Or the thousands of good people in our Hudson Valley who can’t find a job in an over taxed and overregulated economy?

“No. Maloney used his time to pitch a garbage incinerator for one of his biggest contributors — a pollution-belching machine so dirty that even Washington bureaucrats won’t fund it. ”

The project in question is the garbage gasification plant (not incinerator) that businessman Jim Taylor has long planned to build at the site of his recycling company in Montgomery. He has waited years for a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to help finance the project — the snag that Maloney sought Obama’s help in clearing.

The re-election campaign for Maloney, who beat Hayworth in 2012 and represents what is now the 18th District, hit back with its own fundraising pitch that calls Hayworth “Westchester’s Sarah Palin,” beholden to tea party ideology.

“Hayworth is our own hometown Tea Party heroine,” the message reads. “In Washington, she voted with her Tea Party allies time and time again on everything from defunding Social Security and Medicare to denying women the right to choose. She toed the Tea Party line, just like Palin before her.

“We want to make sure everyone knows that Nan’s just like Sarah, but we can’t do it without your help.”

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