*Mar 08 - 00:05*Former President Bill Clinton is weighing in on behalf of his former White House aide who’s running for Congress in New York’s 18th Congressional District. Sean Patrick Maloney, an openly gay attorney who is also backed by the Victory Fund, will compete in the Democratic primary to take on GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth, the incumbent.

“Sean worked closely with me in the White House to create jobs, grow our economy and balance the budget.  It’s time to bring a common sense approach back to Congress, and Sean Patrick Maloney is the right Democrat to help restore the economy and get people back to work in the Hudson Valley,” Clinton said in a statement.

“I am so grateful for President Clinton’s vote of confidence in my candidacy. We share the same priority – to put people first, and that means Congress needs to focus on creating jobs, protecting Medicare, and investing in our future,” Maloney responded.

Maloney is one of 8 openly gay, lesbian or bisexual federal candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund this year.  He would be the first openly LGBT member of Congress from New York.

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