Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, running against Republican Nan Hayworth for the newly redistricted 18th Congressional District, took time out of a busy schedule to make an appearance on Monday, July 16, at Taylor Biomass Energy in Montgomery, to talk about small business and answer a few questions about his campaign.
Jim Taylor, the chairman of Taylor Biomass Energy, addressed the fears of many small business owners, a few of whom had gathered around the table to meet with the Democratic candidate.
“As a small business person, we’re really up against the wall,” Taylor said. “We’ve worked ourselves into such a quandary where we as businesspeople can’t move anymore. Nan Hayworth, she’s killing us. She’s killing small businesses.”
Maloney appeared sympathetic to Taylor’s plight and got in a word against Hayworth as well.
“I’m struck that Congresswoman Hayworth has failed private entrepreneurs like Jim Taylor,” Maloney said. “You [have to] lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
TMI got in a few questions with Maloney after the event. Maloney said he would make the best candidate for Congress because he would be a good partner to entrepreneurs like Jim Taylor and would create jobs in the process. He said that his job is to work with those small business owners to help them succeed.
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