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Gay Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Wins NY Congressional Primary


It's definitely a good morning for Sean Patrick Maloney, for the 46-year old former advisor to Bill Clinton won the Democratic primary in New York State's 18th district last night. That region, by the way, includes Westchester and Rockland Counties, two of the most wealthy of New York City's suburban regions.

Maloney, an attorney by trade, entered the race in March and, according to the Times Herald-Record, was given a huge boost by union support and, yes, Clinton, that helped him best his main competitor, Richard Becker. Maloney will this November face Nan Hayworth, a Tea Party Republican first elected during the 2010 election.

Maloney has yet to release a statement on his win, but Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, a group that backed Maloney's nomination, praised the candidate, telling Gay Politics, "Sean has proven he knows how to get things done in Washington. He’s deeply experienced and absolutely committed to finding ways to put New Yorkers and all Americans back to work. As an openly gay dad, he’ll also be an authentic voice for LGBT families across the country.  We’re extremely pleased about tonight’s big win."

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  1. Voter turnout was clearly very, very light here. I've watched this race closely. Used to be in this district, but just got redistricted out. I talked extensively on the phone with Becker and Alexander, who both worked really hard to try to win this thing. Alexander was also openly gay. I was stunned that neither of them candidates knew anything about the Simpson-Bowles report; they didn't even know what it was. I found it shocking that someone running for Congress could be so poorly informed.

    It will be interesting to see how Sean will do here. Nan Hayworth is going to go after him as a carpet-bagger, a charge that unfortunately has merit here. Sean bought a tiny little shack in Cold Spring. There was a prominent anti-Maloney website that ran a picture of the shack with the caption "does he live here?" with pictures of his Manhattan apartment and big house in Sullivan country in contrast. These websites are are all down this morning, fortunately. One was seanpatrickmaloney.com (you can find it still cached on Google).

    It is interested that Nan Hayworth, the Republican here, is a member of the LGBT caucus in the House and a strong gay-rights supporter. Her son is openly gay. So, fortunately, we can't expect any anti-gay rhetoric in the campaign.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 27, 2012 8:31:56 AM

  2. Glad about the win, no matter what. We need more allies in government.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 27, 2012 8:35:23 AM

  3. Anonymous--I'm not sure it's fair to call Rep. Hayworth a "strong gay-rights supporter." She has not co-sponsored a bill to repeal DOMA as her GOP colleague Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has, and she won't say whether she supports the law or not. She's on the fence because she knows she will lose the backing of the Conservative party in NY if she calls for DOMA repeal. Not exactly a profile in courage. Maloney is gay, married and a father. He will be a living, breathing example of how DOMA hurts same-sex couples and their families.

    Posted by: Joseph | Jun 27, 2012 1:40:12 PM

  4. We need more gay politicians to combat the anti-gay Christian Right Wing politicians or even gay friendly would be a big help.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 27, 2012 1:56:05 PM

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