“In 2022, I plan to run for governor of New York. to save New York! Zeldin tweeted early on Thursday.
lbany, New York The first well-known Republican to enter the campaign for governor of New York is Rep. Lee Zeldin, who declared his intention to run on Thursday.
The Long Island Republican declared Thursday morning that “the light that once blazed as a beacon of what America maybe has gone dark” due to one-party Democrat tyranny in NYC and Albany. “The New York that once attracted the finest and brightest from around the world is now forcing its own to flee under the crushing weight of ballooning taxes, lost employment, stifling regulations, and rising crime brought on by dangerously liberal policies,” the author writes.
“In 2022, I plan to run for governor of New York. to save New York! A four-term congressman named Zeldin posted on Twitter on Thursday morning. “I’ll bring the kind of persistent, fighting energy Cuomo reserves for multi-million dollar self-congratulatory book deals, cover-ups, abuse & self-dealing towards working to rescue our state.”
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared his intention to run for a fourth term despite being the subject of an impeachment investigation, allegations of sexual misconduct from several women, and charges that his administration purposefully underreported coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in New York. Since 2002, no Republican has prevailed in a statewide election in New York.
Zeldin has hinted at a prospective bid for governor for a while now. Eleven days before GOP chairs are expected to interview prospective candidates in Albany, he made his statement. The two Long Island Republican chairman told Newsday on Wednesday night that they would back Zeldin if he decided to run. As a fervent supporter of former president Donald Trump, who chose Zeldin and seven other House Republicans to act as his public-facing surrogate defenders during his first Senate impeachment trial, the congressman has recently attracted more national notice.
Zeldin represents the state’s most eastern congressional district, which stretches from Montauk to parts of the suburbs of Suffolk County in the east. In a district, he was reelected with 53% of the vote the previous year.
Zeldin might have been placed in the same district as fellow Republican Rep. Andrew Garbarino, a freshman who currently represents territory on Long Island’s South Shore. This is because Democrats are well-positioned to control congressional redistricting from the state legislature through the governorship and because the state lost at least one of its districts in reapportionment.
Republican nominees for governor in 2018 and 2014, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino are two additional prospective candidates on the Republican side. Michael Carpinelli, the sheriff of Lewis County, began running for office last year; on Tuesday, Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, broached the idea of running.
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