Hayworth joins Fiorina camp, rules out 2016 bid for Congress

Former Rep. Nan Hayworth has returned to politics as an advocate for Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, touting the former Hewlett-Packard executive’s experience as a business leader while saying that she herself has no plans to run again for the congressional seat she held for two years.

Fiorina’s campaign announced this month that Hayworth, a Westchester County Republican who represented New York’s 19th District from 2010 to 2012, was one of three people leading Fiorina’s campaign in New York. Joining her are Becki Fleischer, who worked in the administration of George W. Bush, and state Assemblyman Kieran Lalor of Fishkill.

In a phone interview on Thursday, Hayworth said she had met Fiorina last year at a campaign event for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino — the 2014 Republican candidate for governor — and was “absolutely delighted” when Fiorina later asked her to support her presidential bid.

“She’s clear, she’s cogent, she’s forceful and she’s seasoned,” Hayworth said. “And she has the background to bear out what she’s saying.”

Fiorina’s business record proves she “understands how to tame bureacracies,” the former congresswoman added.

Hayworth said she has no plans to run for Congress again in 2016, forgoing what would be her third race against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the Cold Spring Democrat who has held the seat (now the 18th District) since 2013. Hayworth had unseated Democrat John Hall in 2010 and was unseated in turn by Maloney in 2012.

No Republican has stepped forward to challenge Maloney in 2016. Lalor, one of Hayworth’s co-chairmen with the Fiorina campaign, ran unsuccessfully against Hall for that congressional seat in 2008.

Fiorina improved her standing in the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates with a strong performance this month in Fox News’ undercard debate for second-tier candidates. She is now jostling to be included in an upcoming CNN-sponsored debate.

Hayworth predicted that Fiorina’s popularity will rise as she continues to meet and impress voters on the campaign trail. “She’s real,” Hayworth said. “She’s down to earth.”

 

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