As campaigns begin gearing up their get-out-the-vote operations in advance of Tuesday’s elections, candidates have begun unveiling their last-minute, big-name endorsements.
The latest? Democratic Congressional hopeful Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign revealed Saturday that he’s been endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Maloney is seeking to oust Rep. Nan Hayworth in New York’s 18th congressional district in the mid-to-lower Hudson Valley.
“Sean Patrick Maloney will work to restore the economy of the Hudson Valley and get people back to work,” Cuomo said in a statement distributed by Maloney’s campaign. “He will be a great advocate for our state in Washington. I urge you to vote for Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress.”
The endorsement comes as a bit of a surprise. Maloney, a former official in President Bill Clinton’s administration, was part of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s administration during the Troopergate scandal. Then-Attorney General Cuomo in 2007 issued a report critical of the Spitzer administration’s handling of the issue, which centered around records of then-Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s use of state aircraft.
Democrat Julian Schreibman’s congressional campaign unveiled Cuomo’s endorsement on Friday. Schreibman is looking to unseat Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook.