The 25 seats Democrats need to put the gavel back in Nancy Pelosi's hands is daunting, but the goal is looking more and more attainable every single day. Take this, for example. Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney is giving freshman tea partier Nan Hayworth a scare in New York's newly drawn 18th congressional district.
PPP just polled the race for the AFL-CIO and found it all tied up at 43. That's after a much less optimistic poll by Siena last week, written up by Daily Kos Elections, where "Working Families Party placeholder Larry Weissmann scoring 10% of the vote." The AFL's press release says that they "assume that the election is a two candidate race." Cook Political Report calls this one a tossup.
Maloney served as a senior adviser in President Bill Clinton’s White House, which explains how he got President Clinton's endorsement. He's been a businessman, and he's served in the administrations of two Democratic governors of New York. He's openly, proudly gay, making his family with his partner of 20 years, Randy Florke, a part of his campaign.
Sean and his husband have been together for 20 years and they have three wonderful children. His family is central to his campaign. Not just to promote LGBT equality—which he does—but to connect with average voters concerned about education and the economy.On those key issues, you can read his answers to our Orange to Blue questionnaire. Maloney's a solid progressive.
And Nan Hayworth? A pretty typical tea party Republican, a woman and a physician (well, like Rand Paul, an opthamologist—what is it about them?) who voted with the Republican majority to defund Planned Parenthood, to end Medicare, to repeal Obamacare. She's a typical tea party warrior against women. And she's in danger.
Let's get rid of one more tea party incumbent.