NY Rep. Sean Maloney to Marry Partner Amid Campaign

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 07:09 PM

By Cathy Burke

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New York Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney is sprinting toward a crucial primary Tuesday – but not before he strolls down the aisle with longtime partner Randy Florke.

"You know man, you've got to dance between the raindrops,'' he told USA Today about his schedule, which recently included a trip to Afghanistan with other lawmakers.

"There's real work to do, and I don't plan to stop doing that work because there are other important events in my life. I pride myself on being able to prioritize my family and my children, but also do the work I was hired to do.''

Maloney, 47, will be among the first gay members of Congress to be legally married; the nuptials are planned for Saturday at a historic Episcopal church in suburban Cold Spring, N.Y., where the couple and their three children, ages 11 to 24, live.

Maloney said he doesn't know if the marriage will change voters' view of him, noting "it's not a subject that I approach with the political part of my brain."

"It's too important," he told the newspaper. "We're talking about my life, and there are things more important to me than Congress. And my family is one of them.''

Maloney became engaged on Christmas Day, a decision his youngest child, Essie, helped the couple make, writing a letter to Santa asking that her parents get married.

In July 2012, former Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts became the first gay lawmaker to marry while serving in Congress. Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, married in Canada in 2006, is the only other lawmaker in a same-sex marriage, USA Today reported.

Maloney told the newspaper he’ll take Sunday off, but then he’ll be readying for Tuesday’s election, when he’ll run against Republican former Rep. Nan Hayworth – whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.

The Independence Party ballot line could help determine the winner in the November election in the 18th Congressional District, the Journal News reported.

The district is the only one in the state with an Independence Party primary this year.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Northern California Wildfire Burns 100 Homes

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 22:38 PM

A fire driven by fierce winds raced through the small town of Weed, Calif., near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a  . . .

Senate Holds Hearing on DC Statehood

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 21:06 PM

In a renewed push to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., a federal hearing was held Monday for what some hope is the st . . .

James Foley's Parents 'Disappointed' Obama Next Played Golf

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 20:57 PM

James Foley's parents say they were "disappointed" when President Barack Obama hit the golf course just minutes after ma . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved