CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Sean Patrick Maloney as the Democratic candidate for New York's 18th Congressional District. The crowded Democratic primary race is hurtling toward the finish line, as endorsements pile up for four candidates hoping to oust freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Mount Kisco).
“Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I’m calling to tell you why I endorse Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress in the June 26th Democratic primary," the former president says in a recording he made for the candidate.
Representatives of Maloney's campaign said the recording went out via automated phone calls Tuesday evening, and they were targeting all Democratic primary voters in the 18th Congressional District.
In the recording, Clinton says, "Sean worked closely with me in the White House. I know how much he knows about our economy, how much he cares, what his values are, what his talents are. And I know he’ll be an outstanding member of Congress. He was part of our team that created jobs, grew our economy and balanced the budget. I think he’s the best candidate in the race to take on the Tea Party and put people back to work. So I hope you’ll vote for Sean on Tuesday June 26th. Thanks."
The campaign's announcement of the recording comes five days after The New York Times endorsed Dr. Richard Becker, a Cortlandt cardiologist and Town Board member. The Times cited Maloney's behavior during Gov. Eliot Spitzer's "Troopergate," for not endorsing him. In Becker's endorsement The Times said Maloney "appeared to be most interested in holding back the staff’s personal e-mails from investigators."
Maloney reported raising $530,715 in the June 6 Federal Election Commission filings. Becker reported raising $403,771 in the same period.