Bill Clinton backs former aide in race against Rep. Hayworth

Former President Clinton has endorsed Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, a former Clinton adviser, in his race to unseat Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.).

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Maloney, who also worked for New York Govs. David Paterson (D) and Eliot Spitzer (D), was a senior adviser during Clinton's administration.

“Sean worked closely with me in the White House to create jobs, grow our economy and balance the budget," Clinton said in a statement. "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 has been weighing in selectively on House races this election cycle — most often to back candidates who supported his wife's presidential campaign in 2008. Clinton traveled to New Jersey to campaign ahead of last week's primary, where his favored candidate, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), easily defeated Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.).

Maloney is challenging Hayworth, whose is now slightly more competitive for Democrats after redistricting. The Hill rates the race as leaning Republican.