WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) has filed a Freedom of Information request with the Putnam County Board of Elections, seeking a copy of Democratic challenger Sean Maloney’s voter registration card.
Hayworth campaign officials said Maloney’s roots in the Hudson Valley are “a mystery.”
“The voters of the Hudson Valley have a right to know where Sean Maloney lived before he moved here in May, as he claims,” said Michael Knowles, a Hayworth spokesperson. “Voters have a right to know his prior voting address and whether he voted at his Manhattan address or at his Sullivan County address. Voters also deserve to know if there is a difference between the address he used on his petitions and the one he listed on his voter registration card and, if so, why.”
Knowles noted that Maloney recently purchased a cabin in Cold Spring.
“We would like to know just how long this Manhattan resident has made his home in the Hudson Valley, and just how often he leaves Manhattan to put his head on a pillow at the Cold Spring cabin,” Knowles said. “To the best of our knowledge, he has never served as a volunteer, board member or donor for any Hudson Valley community or civic organization, be it a PTA, a Kiwanis Club, any of our numerous local hospitals, or a Lions Club.”
When reached for comment, Tim Persico, Maloney’s campaign manager, said, “Sean Patrick Maloney’s registration in Putnam County is as easy to find online as Congresswoman Hayworth’s two votes to end Medicare or her six votes against a payroll tax cut for middle class families.”
Hayworth represents the newly redrawn 18th Congressional District that includes Bedford, Lewisboro, North Salem, Somers, Pound Ridge and North Castle. The new district lines take effect in January, after elected representatives take office. The district also includes Orange, Putnam and the western part of Dutchess counties.
Maloney, who won a five-way Democratic primary last month, has worked in the administrations of President Bill Clinton and Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.