Sandra Fluke, thrust into national prominence when Republicans blocked her from testifying before a House Committee, and who was subsequently attacked by talk show pundit Rush Limbaugh, was in the area giving enthusiastic support to Democrat House candidate Sean Patrick Maloney.
Polls show Maloney is in a very close contest with incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth for the 18th District seat.
Both Fluke and Maloney found Hayworth an easy target, especially on women’s issues.
“There was one bill after another on the federal level and at the state level that were the most extreme, most hateful legislation that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, and disproportionately directed at women,” Maloney said.
Fluke said the issues go beyond well-publicized ones such as health care. One example she cited is the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“I’m here because I have serious concerns about Representative Hayworth’s record on a variety of issues that matter critically to women in this district as well as across the country,” she said.
Fluke said she does not accept all requests to appear on behalf of local candidates, but she said she sees this contest as one of particular importance.