Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican known for her gay rights voting record, is getting support from both sides of the aisle. As reported by BuzzFeed, lawyer David Boies and his wife donated $5,000 to Hayworth’s reelection campaign.
Boies, a Democrat, is well known for working with Ted Olson to overturn California’s ban on marriage.
In addition, a political action committee working to get gay friendly Republicans elected purchased ad time in support of Hayworth. American Unity PAC is paying $250,000 for a television spot to run on cable channels in the representative’s district.
She faces a difficult challenge from Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. He was an advisor in Bill Clinton’s White House and will be, if elected, the first openly gay member of Congress from New York.
The voters in my district care more about why my opponent wants to end Medicare and defund Planned Parenthood than about who I love,’ said Maloney, who has three children with his partner of 20 years.
In a recent debate with the challenger, Hayworth insisted she respects the rights of states to define marriage. This is a marked departure from the official Republican platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a union between a man and woman.
According to a recent Siena College poll, the incumbent is leading Maloney by 7 points, 49 percent to 42 percent. The challenger is gaining on Hayworth because approximately a month ago she was ahead by 11.