Sean Patrick Maloney, the openly gay former aide to New York governors Spitzer and Paterson, has announced his intent to run for Congress. The Advocate reports that Maloney wants the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, whose district includes Binghamton and Poughkeepsie.
RELATED: Longtime JMG readers may recall that we closely followed Maloney’s 2006 bid for New York Attorney General, where he placed third behind winner (and present governor) Andrew Cuomo. Six years ago Maloney grabbed our attention with this campaign quote: “I’m tired of relying on straight politicians. No one would say to an African-American, ‘Don’t run; a white guy knows this stuff better than you.’ This is a hostage mentality. We’ve got the numbers and the resources to push the arc of history towards justice.”
CORRECTION: The Advocate has updated their story:
An earlier version of this story identified the seat that Maloney may be in contention for was the one that was vacated by Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who represents parts of lower New York state including Binghamton and Poughkeepsie. Due to redistricting, the area has been overhauled to create a new Congressional distr