Former President Bill Clinton threw his weight behind former aide Sean Patrick in the five-way Democratic race to challenge Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth in the new 18th Congressional district in the Hudson Valley.
"It’s time to bring a common sense approach back to Congress, and Sean Patrick Maloney is the right Democrat to help restore the economy and get people back to work in the Hudson Valley," Clinton said in a Maloney campaign release released Monday morning.
Maloney's ties to Clinton have figured prominently in his pitch to local Democrats. His campaign has sent at least six different direct mail pieces to voters so far, and all of those feature a photo of the candidate at the former president's side.
Maloney, who previously ran for New York Attorney General and worked for New York governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, had the most campaign cash on hand at the end of the last reporting period. Cortlandt town council member Richard Becker had raised more than Maloney, including $125,000 in contributions and loans from the candidate, but Becker had also spent more through the end of March.
Also in the running in the June 26 primary are Wappengers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander, Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson, and Duane Jackson, the street vendor who famously spotted the would-be Times Square bomber in 2010.
All five candidates are scheduled to attend a candidate's forum in Cold Spring on Monday evening.