Despite the criticism his field of rivals occasionally leveled at him before last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, attorney Sean Patrick Maloney’s defeated opponents are all rallying together to support his candidacy later this afternoon. Joining Mr. Maloney are Dr. Richard Becker, Mayors Matt Alexander and Tom Wilson, and Duane Jackson, as well as former congressmen Maurice Hinchey and John Hall.
“Tuesday was a big night, but we’ve got a tough road ahead of us and we need to come together if we are going to defeat Nan Hayworth,” Mr. Maloney explained in an email to supporters last week.
During the primary, Mr. Becker and Mr. Alexander lobbed a number of hits against Mr. Maloney, repeatedly accusing the Manhattan lawyer of being a carpetbagger in the Hudson Valley-based congressional district. Although Mr. Alexander also blasted Mr. Maloney as a “Wall Street Democrat,” Mr. Becker’s campaign was particularly aggressive on the subject.
“Democrats can’t defeat Nan Hayworth with an ethically compromised Albany and Washington insider whose mailing address is in Manhattan,” Mr. Becker’s spokesman said as the primary campaign was coming to a close, blasting “his record of secrecy, failure, and unethical behavior” and saying his nomination would be a “disaster,” for example.
But it seems that was all said in the context of a heated campaign and defeating Ms. Hayworth is their top priority now.