A number of key New York congressional seats were at stake election day last week. When all the votes were counted, though there were over a half-dozen competitive races only three districts changed partisan hands. One of those belonged to Hudson Valley Rep. Nan Hayworth, a freshman Republican who came in on the Tea Party wave two years ago and narrowly lost her seat this time around to Democratic attorney Sean Patrick Maloney. On Friday, Ms. Hayworth went on Richard French Live to look back on her unsuccessful election, as well as the broader national race.
“Look, Hurricane Sandy did have an effect on the public discourse,” she contended. “There are issues of momentum that affected races like mine. The President had a substantial percentage margin over Governor Romney and we had known if there were a really large margin for the president, above say 5 points, that that would be very hard for us to overcome structurally in the new district that I was running in.”
Another problem, Ms. Hayorth said, was the press’ framing of the campaign. “I’m not blaming the media, but the media did tend to take up the president’s message more vigorously than Governor Romney’s message,” she argued. “But then again, it’s incumbent upon those of us who are in this contest to recognize those factors and apply resources accordingly.”
Overall, the congresswoman sounded fairly remorseful about returning to private life.
“I loved this job and I cherished it and it was a great honor,” she said. “So my most fervent wish was that I could continue to serve, or I wouldn’t have run. But I’m confident I’ll find other ways to be useful. It’s a tough life.”