Becker’s Contrast Mailer vs. Maloney (Updated)
Richard Becker clearly considers the NY-18 Democratic primary a two-man race, even though five candidates’ names will appear on the ballot next Tuesday.
A reader forwarded a photo of a mailer Becker sent out recently, in which he touts his endorsement by the New York Times and also puts himself forward as the “strongest Democrat to defeat Tea Party extremist (Rep.) Nan Hayworth” in the November general election.
The weakest candidate, in Becker’s opinion: Maloney.
The mailer hits Maloney on a variety of topics – from his involvement in the post-Troopergate scandal damage control for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, to the fact that he has never held elected office and received only 9 percent of the vote in his campaign for state attorney general in 2006. Becker, by contrast, is a Cortland town councilman who “recently forced Hayworth’s chief strategist to resign.” (Recall l’affaire Townsend).
Maloney was a late add to the already crowded Democratic field in NY-18, and he was not a resident of the district when he decided to run. (To be fair, almost none of the Dem contenders were, thanks to redistricting. Becker lived in the district until it was redrawn, and has said he’ll move. Maloney and his partner, Rondy Florke, have had a home in Sullivan County for a number of years, and recently puchased another in the district.
Maloney hit the ground running, posting some strong fundraising numbers and also locking up the endorsements of several powerful labor unions. He has played up his time in the Clinton White House, getting the former president’s endorsement and a robocall, too.
But Becker has enjoyed a last-minute surge, thanks in part to that Times endorsement. In the end, this race – like all the other primaries next week – is probably going to have low turnout and be won by whoever has the best GOTV operation, which might give Maloney an edge, thanks to his labor backers like SEIU 1199.
Also in the race: Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander, Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson, and Duane Jackson, a handbag vendor whose claim to fame is that he alerted police to the smoking SUV used in the failed 2010 Times Square bomb plot.
UPDATE: CityandState’s Laura Nahmias has more on the question of Maloney’s residency – he has re-registered to vote several times, thanks to redistricting, and in March used a New York City mailing address on one of those forms – and an anonymous response from a Maloney source calling this mailer “bitter, shrill and negative”.
I also just received a lengthy response to the response from Becker’s campaign, which appears after the jump.
“Democrats can’t defeat Nan Hayworth with an ethically compromised Albany and Washington insider whose mailing address is in Manhattan. And if he can’t stand a mild comparative mail piece, how does Sean Patrick Maloney expect to survive a no-holds barred assault by Nan Hayworth and the right-wing super PACs supporting her? Sean has a glass jaw, and nominating him would be a disaster,” the Becker campaign’s spokesman Barry Caro said.
“Sean may hope that no one looks at what he’s done in the 12 years since he left the White House, but voters in this district care about his shady past. The League of Women Voters said his abuse of his campaign finances was “a flagrant misuse of campaign dollars,” while The New York Times said they were “concerned” that he had tried to cover-up a scandal. Does Sean think there’s something “bitter” or “shrill” about those quotes?”
“If Sean feels that we exaggerated his record of secrecy, failure, and unethical behavior he should prove it by releasing every email he hid from Andrew Cuomo in 2007 – and explain to everyone in the Hudson Valley why he was knee deep in Troopergate, one of the worst scandals in recent New York political history.”
“Sean Patrick Maloney lives in Manhattan and doesn’t know the first thing about the Hudson Valley. He’s barely received any donations from our district, and doesn’t have any tangible accomplishments to run on. All he has are connections, and the voters deserve to know everything he was connected to.”
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