Becker Announces GOP is ‘Digging for Dirt’ on Him

Following his announcement that he is assembling a campaign to challenge Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Dr. Richard Becker released a statement claiming national GOP has started to “dig up dirt” on him.

In a statement released yesterday, Becker announced that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for his financial records.

On July 27 Becker, a Town of Cortlandt council member, announced that he was assembling a campaign to challenge Republican Nan Hayworth for her 19th Congressional District representative seat.

“The speed with which Nan Hayworth’s political operation has moved to dig up anything damaging suggests we’ve already struck a chord,” said Becker. “While looking through the Town of Cortlandt’s books, I hope she and her colleagues learn a few things about how to responsibly budget, without risking the credit rating of the government you have been elected to represent.”

Becker’s largest criticisms of Hayworth are her voting records on Medicare and job creation in the Hudson Valley. Specifically, Becker says Hayworth voted to end Medicare and against a loan guarantee program from the Department of Energy that would have helped to create more than 400 jobs in Montgomery.

“No matter how much effort Hayworth and the NRCC put into opposition research, they will still have to contend with her record of voting to end Medicare and reckless political gamesmanship that has resulted in the downgrading of the United States’ credit rating.’”

The Hayworth campaign states that Hayworth voted to protect and preserve Medicare and that she does not believe that the government should not be involved in creating jobs.

jo August 11, 2011 at 03:38 PM
needs to grow a tougher skin..this is how the game is played.. on BOTH SIDES
jo August 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Is he as equally outraged over Obama sending billions of our $$ along with thousands of jobs from the gulf to south America.. what about those jobs... can't hear you
Francis T McVetty August 11, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Mr Becker should remember one of the greatest lines, from a Democratic president, if you can't stand the heat get the H**l out of the kitchen. They don't make democrats like that any more. You have the likes of Pelosi and Kerry, just to name two.
Eileen Burns August 12, 2011 at 02:42 AM
In my opinion, Dr. Becker can stand the heat and will remain in the kitchen! I am happy to hear that he is challenging a representative who does not have our best interests at heart.
MessHall August 12, 2011 at 07:08 AM
Becker ...you don't have a clue about what you're getting yourself into. A Campaign like this affects your whole life and opens everything up to the public. If you're that paranoid over this , you better bow out now while you still can because the show hasn't even started yet.
Georgianna Grant August 12, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Wake up folks ... some politicians (a very few of them) have nothing to hide and can stand up to any fireballs opponents make up to throw ..... He can and will stand the heat! Now why don't you talk about real issues
Jim Bridges August 12, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Interesting how the only two negative posters towards Mr. Becker do not use their real names. Maybe they are the ones who really can't stand the heat and have to hide behind pseudonyms.
Georgianna Grant August 12, 2011 at 02:40 PM
This is vintage republican campaigning ..... when faced with a good opponent they panic and make things up ... just check out the pretend ncnlocal blog and "Everything Croton blog" - the usual suspects are already worried and have started their fairy tales and myopic views .... and they too use pseudonyms to hide behind... then they can say pretty much whatever they want under the guise of real news.
Ralph Cottiers August 12, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Obama sending billions of dollars and jobs to South America?? Where do they come up with these lies. Oh that's right, of course, Fox News. Why is it so difficult for The Right to engage in honest debate. Very sad. Ralph Cottiers
Barbara Stevelman August 12, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I, like thousands of others, have known Dr. Becker since he came to Cortlandt Manor many years ago to ably serve the area as a cardiologist at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center,, then serve the public ably as a Commissioner of the Town of Cortlandt. Yet here some cynical politicians are, looking for a wedge to introduce the "politics of personal destruction" into the campaign. Our country is in too much trouble now for this kind of thing, Isn't it time to take the opportunity to listen to intelligent debate? I, personally, thank Dr. Becker, for facing all of this down and wish him well., Not a lot of people are willing to enter politics today because of its personal mudslinging.
Francis T McVetty August 12, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Barbara, maybe it is time to get out of medicine. A lot of doctors will when Obama care goes into effect in 2013.
Georgianna Grant August 12, 2011 at 06:47 PM
I hope Nan Haword is the first to jump ship to make room for a truly dedicated candidate who really cares for the people he will represent - it will be a nice change from the current 19th district rep Dr. Nan Hayword !
Francis T McVetty August 12, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Georgianna , you mean like the last democrat that held the office. You know the one that voted for Obama care and Cap and Trade. NO THANK YOU. No more tax and spend liberals. Have you looked at the unemployment numbers lately? How about the value of your 401k or other investments? Just look, we gave the administration more money to spend. You wonder why S&P down graded us. It is probably the only one that sees that the emperor has no cloths and says it.
Georgianna Grant August 12, 2011 at 08:59 PM
No one .... not one single person who supports the Tea Party platform while protecting his or her personal wealth will ever receive my vote. I'm far from a "tax and spend liberal"; far from wealthy with 401K's and investments to protect, and a voter who does indeed pay attention. I hold Tea Party members and supporters responsible for sabotaging any effort or hope to end the unemployment and the awful healthcare debacle. They hi-jacked the republican party so that it became impossible to reach any kind of agreement either within or without their own organization. Nan Haworth supports their philosophy and gets in the way of any forward movement. No way does she represent me. I will work for anyone who has the courage to challenge the self-serving politics of Washington and the Tea Party. Richard Becker is head and shoulders above Nan Hayworth. Without the ridiculous and harmful politicizing and bickering over every thing to aid and help this country, she and her Tea Party wannabe's make it impossible to get anything done and then blame it on Obama. Perhaps republicans and democrats, liberal and conservatives, will have grow up, do their homework, and reach a compromise in 2012. But it will be accomplished without the naysayers.
Francis T McVetty August 12, 2011 at 10:39 PM
So Georgianna, It is wrong to protect ones own wealth? The democrats don't know the meaning of compromise. Show me where in the past 10 years they even made an effort to compromise. President Obama's answer to compromise was, I won you lost. The tea party was right and the S&P proved them right. Where were the reductions in government spending? The democrats fooled Ronald Reagan when they promised a reduction is spending if they could get a tax increase. What happened, there was a tax increase with NO spending decreases. The democrats only want to spend OUR money. It is our money that went for the stimulus. What did it accomplish? I will tell you, it increased our national debt with NO tangible results. Did you see increased employment,.NO. I don't know much about Dr Decker but I do want to know where he stands on the issues. One thing is clear he wants to create GOVERNMENT jobs. We can't afford anyone else working for the government. It is the only part of our economy growing. Guess what people, it is coming out of YOUR pockets. From what you write I really don't know what you do to make a living but it certainly isn't in the private sector. I may be wrong, but.
john August 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Goergiana, please enough with your fixation on sites that many Croton residents enjoy and like. If you don't like them, don't patronize them. (Oddly enough the churches, businesses and charitable groups don't seem to have no problem with them.) Now that this is done, all this article does is state what is common practice among BOTH parties: financial records are always looked at, again on BOTH sides. It helps keep prospective candidates, if only in theory, honest. I frankly have no problem with either party looking at financial records of a candidate. If Mr. Becker does, then he is seeking the wrong job and for the record, I am registered democrat who likes Dr. Becker and voted for him in the past. If he is going to be a panty-waist about the process, then perhaps the democratic party should seek someone else to run. Thus far, I think this campaign has been largely civil, granted it is just beginning, and no one is served by your claims that republicans are making up "fairy tales" (then tell no one what you are specifically referring to). You did that for years. And that's why you are an "X-Trustee".
Francis T McVetty August 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM
One estimate shows that a five percent reduction in regulator budgets would increase GDP by $376 billion and expand employment by 6.2 million jobs over five years. Conversely, for the 2011 $2.95 billon regulator budget increase, the economy loses 6.2 million jobs over five years. This suggests the regulatory burden plays a much larger role in economic productivity than is normally assumed, especially when a quick look-back shows that regulators’ budgets have grown by 72.5 percent over the past decade. This will not change without electing a republican house, senate and President. Look to our good neighbor Canada. They did the hard things to get their economy back on track. Their dollar is worth more than ours. They controlled their spending. Its is all about the GDP and government spending. Wake up folks, Obama's "alleged plan" is not working, not that anyone has seen it. It is time for a change.
john August 14, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Seems Becker may have a challenger anyway http://ltpbazzo.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/bazzo-at-work-exclusives-another-democrat-deep-pocket-looking-into-district-19/
jo August 18, 2011 at 06:19 PM
jobs and money all going to S, america..its a done deal.. ask the folks in Lousiana.. how they feel... libs gottla love the la la land they live in...
Shar August 19, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Maybe it is FACTS the man can't take


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