January 24, 2014

From the Hudson to the Beltway

While the election is over, politicking is not. And with the new year ahead, mid-term elections are fast upon us. Candidate filing is April 14 and New York’s federal primary date is June 24. The general election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney represents the 18th district, which includes parts of Westchester and Dutchess counties, and all of Putnam and Orange counties. It used to be congressmen were re-elected year after year. Mr. Maloney follows one two-term predecessors Democrat John Hall and  Republican Nan Hayworth, who held a single term, in his bid.

According to campaign finance reports, Mr. Maloney raised about $1.5 million in 2013 and is the early front-runner. But national Republicans want this seat. “Democrats have repeatedly said they’re looking forward to running on the disaster that is Obamacare in 2014,” said National Republican Campaign communications director Andrea Bozek in December. “If Sean Patrick Maloney thinks that canceled plans and rising premiums are something to be proud of, then we look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail.”

But Mr. Maloney not only has to look over his right flank, he could be weak on the left as well. He was among 39 Democrats who broke rank from their party and rebuked the White House in supporting a Republican bill to help reverse the cancellation of many Americans’ individual insurance plans. Mr. Maloney, who is openly gay, was actually booed by some gay Dems at the Empire Pride State Agenda dinner on Oct. 17. Alex Kohut of the Daily Kos called him a “back-stabbing, turncoat, worthless Democrat.” The Washington Blade, a gay newspaper, quoted D.C.-based LGBT rights advocate Michael Rogers accusing Maloney of being a “Democrat in name only.”

Mr. Maloney narrowly defeated Ms. Hayworth by about 10,000 out of nearly 300,000 votes in 2012. Dems know he is vulnerable; Mr. Maloney is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program, designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election. That means downplaying his health care votes to protect this seat from attacks left and right.

Ms. Hayworth served as congresswoman from the then-19th district from 2010 to 2012, prior to its morphing into the 18th district as a result of federal redistricting. A local resident, she is an ophthalmologist and health care lobbyist whose husband, Dr. Scott Hayworth, is president and chief executive officer of Mount Kisco Medical group.

Ms. Hayworth hasn’t confirmed reports of a bid for a return to Congress in 2014, but we did receive this from the Republican National Committee late in 2013: “Today, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that former U.S. House member Nan Hayworth will be participating in the NRCC’s Young Guns program in the 2014 cycle. The program will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run effective, successful and winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents.”

According to the NRCC, originally founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and budget chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country.

“Young guns”? Was that really the best phrase they could come up with?

Greg Ball has yet to announce his intentions for the fall, but the New York State 40th District senator could be looking beyond his current position. Mr. Ball continues to make his mark as the busiest man in Albany, at least when it comes to promoting himself. In past weeks he has issued a steady stream of releases on the topics of Martin Luther King; the death of Ariel Sharon; animal abuse; and the Affordable Care Act (“New York will now see the nature of the beast.”) There’s almost no topic too remote for Mr. Ball to appropriate; he has already touted the “economic miracle” of Texas as a model for the Empire State. This week, he announced his intention to introduce a bill that will allow the use of unmanned aircraft systems in New York State. 

This eclectic platform suits him well, if not for a congressional bid, at least for a seat on Fox News, alongside former district attorney Jeanine Pirro.

Here are a few more musings: Dr. Richard Becker of Cortlandt, the Harold Stassen of northern Westchester, will not run this year as local Dems will leave the path clear for the incumbent. Another name in the background is Dem Darren Rigger of Peekskill, a councilman who has sought the Democratic congressional nomination in years past. Then there’s Emily Pataki Hamburger, daughter of the former governor George Pataki and currently an analyst for Bloomberg law specializing in regulatory and legislative law. Our bet for Republican dark horse candidate 2014 is Kieran Michael Lalor of Fishkill, who in 2012 was elected to serve the constituents of the 105th Assembly District, which includes Dutchess County. A Marine vet and businessman who launched a congressional bid in 2008, his profile matches the job description — plus he now holds elected office. He could make it a race.

Finally, we are confident that Donald Trump, despite a Bedford residence, will not run for Congress. Unless someone asks him to. To be continued.

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