- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

SOMERS, N.Y. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton implored a crowd Monday to “redouble your efforts” to re-elect Democratic congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, a longtime friend who also worked as an aide to her husband, President Bill Clinton.

The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state spoke to about 200 supporters at a campaign event for Maloney in the New York suburbs. Maloney is in a tight race against Republican Nan Hayworth, whom he ousted in 2012 after her first term. His rematch in New York’s 18th District has drawn support from the national Democratic Party.

The Clintons have been barnstorming and fundraising for Democrats around the country as Hillary Clinton considers a run for president in 2016. Her decision is expected after next week’s elections. She made no mention Monday of a presidential campaign.

Maloney said he first met Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

He said having her campaign for him is consistent with what he is trying to do in Congress, “which is following that Bill Clinton model of investing in the middle class, creating a community of all Americans and focusing like a laser beam on jobs and economic progress.”

At the “Women for Maloney” rally in a Somers restaurant, Clinton praised Maloney for bipartisanship, constituent service and women’s rights. Mentioning her infant granddaughter, she said Hayworth would “turn the clock back on women’s rights.” She also charged that Hayworth espoused trickle-down economics, “a discredited economic theory that would hurt middle-class families.”

Hayworth spokesman Terence Michos said, “Women in the Hudson Valley are struggling because Sean Maloney has voted with Nancy Pelosi 80 percent of the time for higher taxes, skyrocketing energy costs and Obamacare.”

Barbara Cannas, of Putnam Valley, attended the rally and said she’s backing Maloney.

“I’ve always liked him, and it was good to hear about his friendship with the Clintons,” she said.

Bill Banfield, a union executive from Hopewell Junction, said Maloney “is a guy who knows which way the government has to go - forward.”

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