GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin publicizes plan to run for New York governor in 2022

2021-04-08 18:54:20

New York is a closely blue state, however Republicans are sensing a gap in 2022 with a probably wounded candidate in Cuomo given a number of scandals surrounding him and his dipping favorability numbers amongst New Yorkers.

“From the tax coverage to the general public security to the assaults on our freedoms, we’re seeing a weakened governor due to the entire scandals, the lack of life, the cover-up, the investigations, however it’s been impacting us in some ways and it is time for us to do one thing about it,” Zeldin, a New York Republican who represents a part of Lengthy Island, mentioned in an interview on “Fox & Associates.”

Zeldin additionally made his announcement on Twitter, arguing that with one-party Democratic rule in New York Metropolis and Albany, “the sunshine that was a beacon of what America could be has gone darkish” and that Cuomo is on the “helm” of New York’s “downfall.”

Cuomo has not but mentioned whether or not he intends to hunt a fourth time period subsequent 12 months. He has led the state for a decade and New York hasn’t had a Republican governor since Gov. Georgia Pataki left workplace in 2006.

Zeldin is the second notable Republican who introduced his plans to run for governor this week. Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who served as an aide to Trump, instructed the Washington Examiner in an interview printed Wednesday that he is planning to hunt the workplace.

Zeldin was a vocal defender of Trump throughout his presidency, together with publicly defending him throughout his second impeachment trial this 12 months. He additionally echoed Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud within the 2020 election and voted in opposition to certifying the 2020 election ends in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Zeldin was first elected to Congress in 2014, after serving 4 years within the New York state Senate.

Cuomo final gained reelection in 2018 by simply defeating his progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon, however now his political future is on shaky floor amid two scandals. He is dealing with two unbiased investigations into allegations he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately towards a number of ladies, allegations he has denied. Federal investigators are additionally inspecting Cuomo’s dealing with of Covid-19 deaths at New York’s nursing properties through the top of the pandemic. A state lawyer common report discovered that Cuomo’s administration underreported the variety of Covid deaths amongst New York’s long-term care sufferers after which delayed sharing probably damaging data with state lawmakers.
In latest weeks, Cuomo has repeatedly rebuffed calls for his resignation by high Democrats in New York and will face impeachment and removing from workplace.

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