A crowd of many dozens were on hand in Tribeca on January 19 to meet and support Matt Alexander, the openly gay mayor of upstate Wappingers Falls, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in the November election.
Alexander was hosted by Wickham Boyle and Zachary Minor in their North Moore Street apartment, and the congressional hopeful was joined at the fundraiser by two Democratic House veterans –– East Side Representative Carolyn Maloney and Barney Frank, the out gay Massachusetts representative who recently announced his retirement after 16 terms.
Noting the swing nature of New York's 19th congressional district that Hayworth represents, Frank said the November contest “will be one of the most watched races of the year. If Matt doesn’t win, we won’t retake the House.”
Democrats need a pickup of 25 seats to regain the majority they lost in the 2010 elections. John Hall, a two-term incumbent Democrat, lost to Hayworth that year by a five-percentage point margin. Hall was first elected in 2006 by ousting six-term Republican Sue Kelly in a tighter race, but he won his first reelection race, in 2008, by a wide margin.