SOMERS, N.Y. – Forty-second U.S. president Bill Clinton rallied Sunday for his former aide Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress at a campaign event at Somers Middle School.
Voters in New York's newly redrawn 18th Congressional District will choose between Maloney (D), of Cold Spring, and incumbent Nan Hayworth (R-Mount Kisco) on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Sean Maloney was great in the White House,” Clinton said. “He served with distinction for two New York governors. He knows what he is doing.”
Clinton, a Chappaqua resident, first endorsed Maloney in June. Maloney was on Clinton’s staff between 1997 and 2000, where he rose to become the youngest staff secretary ever, as well as assistant to the president, reporting to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.
Maloney left the White House in 2000 to run a new business, Kiodex, Inc., which develops risk management software. He then went on to work as First Deputy Secretary for two New York governors, David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer. Maloney is currently a private attorney.
“This election is a choice – between a Bill Clinton job creator and a Tea Party radical. This is a choice between Bill Clinton’s plan and Nan Hayworth’s Tea Party plan,” Maloney said Sunday, citing Hayworth’s record of supporting Medicare vouchers, the defunding of Planned Parenthood and tax cuts for multimillionaires. “This is not a choice between a Democrat and a Republican. This is a choice between what works and what doesn’t.”
Maloney introduced Clinton, who was getting on a plane immediately after his speech to fly to Florida to campaign with President Barack Obama, as his mentor.
Clinton said Maloney has a superior job plan, budget plan and education plan compared to Hayworth’s plans.
“Being elected to Congress is a job,” Clinton said. “It requires a preference for evidence over ideology and arithmetic over illusion, shared prosperity over trickle down – ‘we’re all in this together’ versus ‘you’re on your own.’”
The rally’s attendees included Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah), legislature board Vice Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) and Maloney’s former primary opponent Duane Jackson, as well as members of organized labor and Democratic committees from Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange counties.
AFL-CIO member Beth Soto of Pawling said she began campaigning for Maloney in April, and although she was then redistricted out of Maloney’s district, she has continued to fight for him. Soto said she stands behind his positions on women’s issues, labor policies and Medicare and believes Maloney can help bring jobs back to the Hudson Valley.