Two years ago, Nan Hayworth was a Republican congresswoman with her sights set on a second term, but things didn't go as planned for her when Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney won the nasty and expensive contest. Now, Hayworth is back and aggressively working to oust the man who ended her political career. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report, part two of his series, "Fight for the House."
CHESTER, NEW YORK - When Nan Hayworth drives around the Hudson Valley, she usually just Googles her own brain for directions.
Less than two years after the one-term congresswoman was booted from office by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, Hayworth is back, hoping voters will give her another chance.
"The level of frustration has increased. The level of desire for real constructive change, for new solutions that will work, has increased," Hayworth said.
For much of the last year, Hayworth's campaign against the politically savvy moderate seemed dormant. Now, it appears to be coming to life. Hayworth has a new team of advisors and the bragging rights to the influential Independence Party Line, which she won in a low-turnout primary against Maloney earlier this summer.
While Hayworth is still in lock-step with the GOP on many issues, she is trying to counter Maloney's criticism that's she's a nothing more than a Tea Party Republican. She's appearing with Democrats and distancing herself from a Republican effort to sue the president.
"I don't support suing the president," she said.
The issue that seemed to propel Hayworth back into the spotlight was her criticism of Maloney's recent wedding video. She claims Maloney broke FAA rules by hiring a drone to tape footage for it. Maloney has hinted that Hayworth's just trying to draw attention to the fact that he's gay.
"The questions about the video have entirely and only to do with someone who should follow the law as the rest of us do," she said.
Hayworth is hoping to gain traction from the fact that it's a midterm election and that President Barack Obama will not be on the top of ticket. Instead, it will be Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has had more than his share of baggage this year, including the Safe Act.
Still, when Hayworth won in the 2010 midterm elections, it was because she tapped into voter anger with the president. She's banking on that frustration bubbling up again, two years after she lost by about four points.