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Sean Patrick Maloney hauling in campaign cash as freshman congressman
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) raised more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2013, an eye-popping haul for a freshman lawmaker.
Maloney, 46, defeated Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth last November. He was one of 82 freshmen joining the 435-seat House, where Republicans continue to hold a 233-200 advantage despite losing a net eight seats in November.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support of folks who are ready to turn the page on the Tea Party,” Maloney said in a statement. “Although some in Congress want to continue an extreme partisan agenda, I will continue to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to create good-paying jobs in our region and stay focused on our economy.”
Republicans already are targeting the freshman lawmaker in negative TV ads and on the Internet, setting the stage for next year's election. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC working to elect Republicans to the House of Representatives, took aim at Maloney and several other Democratic freshman lawmakers with its first ads of the 2014 election cycle.
The anti-Maloney ads, which are running on local cable stations and online, are geared toward suburban women and feature a simulation of a mother struggling to balance her budget. The ads point out Maloney voted against Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to reduce the federal debt by slashing entitlement programs.
The 18th Congressional District covers Orange and Putnam counties and part of Dutchess and Westchester counties.