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Super PAC's anti-Hayworth ads begin airing this week
Get ready to hear a lot about Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth's record in the House of Representatives, and not all of it flattering.
Beginning today, a Democratic super PAC will air TV ads in the Hudson Valley aimed at unseating Hayworth in November as part of a national campaign to try to take back the House. The first-term lawmaker faces a challenge from Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, and Democrats are pouring money and resources into the nationally watched race for the newly reconfigured 19th Congressional District.
The House Majority PAC, a group established by Democratic strategists, is spending about $2.2 million to buy ads in several states, including New York, California and Ohio, targeting congressional races where Republicans are viewed as vulnerable ahead of the Nov. 6 elections. The Hayworth ads criticize her support for the Tea Party.
“Nan Hayworth’s support for the extreme Tea Party agenda puts Hayworth way outside the New York mainstream,” said Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC. “Not only does Hayworth support defunding Planned Parenthood and going back to the days when being a woman was a pre-existing condition, but she even voted to let insurance companies deny women access to birth control, mammograms and cancer screenings.”
Hayworth's campaign has dismissed the House Majority PAC's spending and pointed to Maloney's campaign funds, which as of June 30 had less than $300,000 in it, compared with the Bedford congresswoman's $1.4 million cash on hand.
Her campaign also downplays her support from the Tea Party and says she doesn't always see eye to eye with the group on hot-button social issues such as abortion rights and the environment.
In a statement, Hayworth's campaign spokesman Michael Knowles dismissed the ads as "silly and self-defeating" and pointed to a recent poll showing Hayworth with a roughly 9 point lead over Maloney among likely voters in the congressional district.
"Congresswoman Hayworth is a center-right candidate in a center-right district, fiscally responsible and socially moderate," he said. "The ad would be more effective if it were titled 'Wrong District' and highlighted the absurdity that Sean Maloney has never lived a day of his life in the district he wants to represent."
Meanwhile, Hayworth's campaign has been spending big bucks on TV ads touting her humble beginnings and connection to the Hudson Valley, including nuggets like how the physician-turned-politician worked in a steel mill to put herself through college. The campaign ad features a montage of family photos and video.
Hayworth campaign's "Roots" ad: