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Nan Hayworth warns backers of Democrat 'mudslinging'
As Democrats prepare to unleash a barrage of TV ads targeting U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth ahead of the November election, the Republican lawmaker is trying to turn the expected onslaught in her favor.
In a letter to supporters, Hayworth, R-Bedford, asks for donations to offset the "coming tidal wave of negative ads" and accuses Democratic Super PACs of "mudslinging" on behalf of her opponent, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, a Cold Springs attorney making his first run for Congress.
"My opponents are implacable: Instead of a rational discussion of ideas and a civil debate about how to grow our economy, reduce our debt, and create jobs, voters are being subjected to a barrage of filthy ads and commentary filled with half-truths and overt lies," she wrote in the letter. "The people of the Hudson Valley deserve better."
The House Majority PAC, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money from corporations and individuals, is spending $1.2 million on TV ads in a bid to unseat Hayworth in November as part of a national campaign to take back control of the House of Representatives.
The group dismissed the letter as a sign of desperation by Hayworth's campaign.
"Clearly Nan Hayworth doesn't want Hudson Valley voters to know that she voted to gut Medicare, Pell grants, Head Start and investments in infrastructure to pay for more tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations," said Andy Stone, a spokesman for the House Majority PAC. "With a record like that, can you blame her?"
To be sure, Hayworth has raised more money than Maloney in actual campaign contributions. As of June 30, Maloney had less than $300,000, compared with the congresswoman's $1.4 million cash on hand.
Super PACs can't contribute directly to a campaign, but they can run favorable ads about a candidate or negative ones about their candidate's opponent.