New York’s 18th Congressional District (Orange, Putnam, parts of Dutchess and Westchester) Representative Nan Hayworth, a freshman Republican, is locked in a bitter contest with the Democrat, Sean Patrick Maloney, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and two New York governors, David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer. Despite her Tea Party support, Dr. Hayworth, a retired ophthalmologist, tries to cast herself as a moderate, particularly on women’s issues.
Yet she has favored limiting contraception coverage for employees and voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Mr. Maloney promises to support health care reform, help the middle class and oppose tax cuts for the rich. We recommend Mr. Maloney.