SOMERS, N.Y. -- Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney repeatedly emphasized his ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton at a Monday morning rally in Somers.
“Look, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a Clinton Democrat,” he said.
The congressman, a former White House staffer for the Clintons, recalled first becoming connected through a 1992 dinner that he had with her in Manchester, N.H., when her husband was running for president. He credited her with getting him on board his campaign, which included long hours and sleeping on a floor.
This time, the roles are different. The Chappaqua resident, former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, was the main guest at Maloney’s packed re-election campaign rally, which was held at a restaurant in the Heritage Hills condominium complex.
After making an entrance and holding hands in the air with Maloney, Clinton said, “You really fired up this crowd.”
Clinton touted Maloney’s credentials on helping the middle class and on women’s issues, such as the gender pay gap.
“Let’s just cut right to it: who is really going to care about you every single day?”
“Sean!” several spectators shouted.
“You got it,” she replied back.
Maloney, the Democratic candidate, was there as Clinton criticized his Republican opponent: former Rep. Nan Hayworth, who he unseated in 2012.
“Do you want a representative who will turn the clock back so that insurance companies can once again label being a woman a pre-existing condition?” Clinton asked.
The former first lady and senator did not mention Hayworth by name.
Clinton also appeared to address a gaffe, which according to multiple media outlets, was about remarks at a Massachusetts rally last week when she was campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley.
“Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said, according to Politico.
At the Maloney rally, Clinton said that she “short-handed” this point the other day. She continued by giving credit to businesses for job creation in America.
“There are a growing number of businesses in our country showing what it means to be responsible corporate citizens,” she said. “They’re paying workers a living wage instead of a poverty wage. They are investing in communities instead of hollowing them out. They are empowering workers instead of preventing them from organizing and joining unions to represent them.”
She added: “But, we still don’t have enough who are doing all of that. To make America great, we need to do our part and pay our fair share.”
Clinton also gave her support to state-level Democratic candidates, including Justin Wagner for his state senate seat bid and for incumbent state Sen. Terry Gipson’s re-election.
Wagner and Gipson each spoke at the start of the rally.
“Secretary Clinton famously said that women’s equality is the great unfinished work of our generation,” Wagner said. “We need to get to work.”
Recounting his state senate service, Gipson said “it’s been a little lonely.”
“We just don’t have enough Democrats in the state senate.” he added.
Maloney’s district includes part of Northern Westchester and all of Putnam. Wagner is vying for seat for a district that includes much of Northern Westchester and Eastern Putnam, while Gipson’s district includes Western Putnam and a large swath of Dutchess.
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