In response to the devastation left by August’s severe storms, I’ve taken a position as a co-chair of the Hurricane Irene Coalition, consisting of both Republican and Democratic Members from the affected states and charged with addressing both the short-term and long-term needs of our families, businesses, farms, and communities.
This set off chortling in Democratic circles since Hayworth backed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s call for disaster aid to be coupled with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. This led to a torrent of criticism for the congresswoman, even from members of her own party and Hayworth eventually asking for disaster-aid money.
Full fundraising letter below:
With gratitude to all the friends who have made it possible for me to serve, I’m writing to ask that you join us again during the next 8 days–before September 30 ends–because we need you. This year has been marked by solid achievements by our House Majority and by our District 19 team, and it’s clear that we have a titanic challenge ahead of us.
If you’ve been following me on our website or Facebook, you know that I’ve been working with our team every single day to serve our constituents and our nation with integrity and excellence. A letter I wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, which I got nearly 100 fellow Members to sign, resulted in the lifting of a costly mandate on our towns to replace their road signs–for which I’ve received thanks already from local officials on both sides of the aisle. In response to the devastation left by August’s severe storms, I’ve taken a position as a co-chair of the Hurricane Irene Coalition, consisting of both Republican and Democratic Members from the affected states and charged with addressing both the short-term and long-term needs of our families, businesses, farms, and communities.
I’ve introduced legislation to allow home and property owners financed by the mortgage GSEs to make energy-saving improvements more easily, to preserve our local VA hospital campuses for our veterans’ needs, and to allow public companies to devote more resources to growth rather than to red tape. I’ve been honored with several leadership roles in the House Republican Conference. And I’ve become a voice for our cause in both local and national media, appearing regularly on Larry Kudlow’s programs, the John Batchelor Show, and NPR in particular.
It’s an incomparable privilege to do this job, and every day I’m driven by a commitment to justify the faith you’ve placed in me. I have boundless energy and the best possible team in the Hudson Valley and in Washington. Our success has put me squarely in the sights of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which makes your help and support all the more crucial as we end the third fundraising quarter on September 30.
Several friends have made the maximum individual gift of $5000 ($2500 for primary plus $2500 for general election). This is tremendously helpful, and I know that not everyone can do this, but whatever you can contribute–$250, $100, even $25–will be very much welcome and appreciated. Your gift goes not only towards my continued service as a voice and vote, but also towards the larger cause of perpetuating what is unique and invaluable about our country–the greatest nation in history, now threatened from within in unprecedented ways. Our cause is as great as each of us and greater than all of us, and I thank you, as always, for being patriots and advocates with me.
With deepest gratitude, and ever-stronger resolve to do what’s right–