Maloney tapped to speak at Dem dinner in Faso’s district

Ulster Democrats have enlisted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to be their headline speaker at a fundraising dinner this month, the second political event this year at which the Cold Spring Democrat is venturing into the turf of Republican colleague John Faso.

Back in May, Maloney spoke for around 90 minutes to a large, fired-up crowd in the midst of the political tumult over Republicans’ attempts to repeal Obamacare. Maloney, given a hero’s welcome at the town hall-style gathering, joked at the time that he was “adopting” Faso’s district if the congressman wouldn’t meet with his own constituents to explain his vote to repeal the health care law. Faso’s office said afterward that the organizers hadn’t invited him.

Maloney will be back in Kingston on Oct. 29 to speak at a $90-a-plate dinner for the Ulster County Democratic Committee at The Chateau, a catering hall on Route 32. In an announcement for the dinner this week, Ulster Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale praised Maloney for his “dedication to democratic values and getting things done for the people of the Hudson Valley.” (Email kathleenmihm@aol.com by Oct. 17 to attend the 5 p.m. cocktail hour and 6 p.m. dinner.)

Republicans later chided Maloney for “bailing” on his own district – New York’s 18th – to attend the dinner. “For the second time this year, Maloney is abandoning his district to score cheap political points and grab a few headlines at the expense of his constituents,” Chris Martin, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a press release. “You may recall a similar stunt back in May when Maloney pandered to his liberal base by attending a partisan political rally in Congressman John Faso’s district.”

Maloney’s district takes in all of Orange and Putnam counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester. Faso’s neighboring district, the 19th, encompasses Ulster and Sullivan counties and all or parts of nine other counties. Maloney is serving his third term in Congress. Faso, a former assemblyman from Columbia County, took office in January, succeeding Chris Gibson, the Republican who held the seat for six years.

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