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February 9, 2016

Ex-Congresswoman Ready to Return (Video)

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Nan Hayworth, a Republican, is running for Congress in New York's 18th District. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s easy to see former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., misses Congress.

Earlier this year, she was spied making the rounds with her old colleagues on the House floor. More recently, in an interview with CQ Roll Call, she sported her Congressional pin.

“It was wonderful to be among colleagues from all across the country, all different political persuasions, representing the whole American spectrum,” she said on July 22.

In 2012, Hayworth lost her bid for a second term to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., by about 4 percent. Their battle for the Hudson Valley-based 18th District is one of several rematches this fall.

The race was off the party’s competitive radar for much of the cycle, as Maloney frequently stomped Hayworth in fundraising. But in June, Hayworth infused her campaign with $500,000, boosting her prospects.

“I’m fully committed to making sure we have the resources we need to win this election, for the right reasons,” she said of her capacity to self-fund her campaign. “I’m the right fit for the Hudson Valley.”

As for rival, she described Maloney as having “an air of privilege.”

“It crystalized really in the fact that he publicized using a drone for his wedding that is forbidden by FAA regulations,” she said in the interview. “Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us could just disregard the law that way ? But we can’t.”

“He sits on the committee that has jurisdiction over the FAA so he certainly should have known. And that is emblematic of a certain approach, ‘I am special,'” she added.

There is enough confusion about the legality of commercial drones to merit a New York Times story, and the congressman issued a statement to CQ Roll Call that previously appeared in other publications:

 “Like most people who are about to get married, I wasn’t up-to-date on the lack of regulations around the emerging technology of a wedding photographer mounting a camera on a remote control helicopter, and a month after our wedding, even more judges have confirmed the absence of laws and regulations. Every day another group of photographers, filmmakers, farmers, search and rescue teams, or researchers are expressing their frustration with the total lack of clarity on a technology that could save lives or simply take a few wedding photos.”

The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Hayworth’s Team: E. O’Brien Murray (general consultant), Tarrance Group (polling), Majority Strategies (direct mail), Ed Traz of The Traz Group (also direct mail) and Jamestown & Associates (media).

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  • Vanbren5

    Hayworth has the stench of teabagger all over her. Teabaggers are the modern day dixiecrats. That plays well among racists whites in the the old confederacy but up north and west its is a liability. Hayworth laid down with the mangey teabagger dogs and got fleas.

  • pitch1934

    If she is not actively serving in Congress, should she be wearing a Congressional pin? That doesn’t seem to right or at least not ethical.

  • Sally

    I don’t think anything says “I am special” more than having so much money that you can fund your own campaign (Terry Land is doing the same stunt here in MI, pretending to be one of the people while pouring millions of her (husband’s?) money into attack ads. Yeah, nothing special to her about being a millionaire. All her Congressional friends are the same amount of ‘special.’

  • Sally

    When does the GOP care about ethics?
    Oh, and Governor Perry has been indicted in Texas…hope they confiscate his gun collection.

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