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Rep. Nan Hayworth hailed as 'Hill' hottie
The race for New York’s new 18th Congressional District has been a hot one, but not as hot as incumbent GOP candidate Nan Hayworth, according to The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress.
The D.C. publication released its ninth annual "50 Most Beautiful People" list this week highlighting Capitol Hill hotties and Hayworth came in at number 33.
The 52-year-old Mount Kisco resident was one of just five lawmakers -- including Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), who came in 10th, and potential Romney vice presidential candidate Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who placed 12th -- to make the list that was largely dominated by 20-something staffers.
The congresswoman told Newsday she is happy to be on the list, but that beauty goes beyond the physical. "The essence of beauty is to have the right attitude in life," Hayworth said.
Hayworth represents the 19th Congressional District, which encompasses Putnam County and parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties, which through redistricting will become the new 18th District, absorbing the cities of Middletown, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie.
The list, which understandably invited some mocking, highlighted Hayworth’s exercise routine consisting of taking the stairs and lugging around a large bag, as well as her diet balancing chocolate with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and a multivitamin.
Any beauty products in that large bag?
"I keep a full set of make-up in there for when I'm on the road and on TV," Hayworth said, noting that she does her own make-up for on-air appearance because "it's just easier."
Hayworth struggled to come up with a list of her most beautiful collegues, saying she finds them all beautiful. She dropped a few names -- Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), and "Peggy, who runs our cloakroom. She has tremendous fashion sense and is beautiful inside and out." -- before stopping herself from leaving anyone out.
"I work with so many people with wonderful hearts and kind faces," she said. "I feel enormously blessed. I feel bad leaving out 100 friends."
The paper also noted the married mother of two’s “optimistic disposition” and counts her using the words “blessed,” “lucky” and “grateful” “no fewer than 10 times in a conversation.”
Hayworth will need this optimism when she squares off in November against Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, who won his party’s nomination in a five-way primary race.