Democrats Now Endorsing Lee Zeldin Against Kathy Hochul

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Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) and her state have been making news for all the wrong reasons, as we get closer to the November elections. She seems desperate. The tide could be turning. Democrats are even endorsing Rep. Lee Zeldin, the governor’s Republican opponent.

As The New York Post covered on Monday night, John Orlando, the president of the New Era Democrats highlighted how Hochul is “too extreme.” As he said in a press conference earlier that day, “We have a Democratic machine that has gone far too left – too extreme for even those moderate Democrats.” Orlando also warned that “Governor Kathy Hochul doesn’t see what’s in front of her. There has to be a change and public safety needs to be number one.” The group is based in Brooklyn, one of the boroughs of the heavily Democratic New York City, and has endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio and Andrew Yang in the past.

Zeldin also has endorsements from former local Democratic politicians, including the Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr. in the Bronx. “Lee is my candidate. He’s against crime. Hochul’s for crime. She refused to make any major changes to the bail law,” Díaz is quoted as saying.

“I’m supporting Lee Zeldin. He’s the only choice with the mess New York is in. Does anyone believe that Hochul will make change and stand up to the radical wing of the Democratic Party,” former Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind also questioned Monday.

New York has suffered under cashless bail and repeat offenders, though Rep. Zeldin has made combatting crime a major campaign issue, promising to fire Alvin Bragg, Manhattan’s soft-on-crime DA who has been endorsed by George Soros.

Also Hochul has talked about fixing cashless bail in the past, earlier this month she actually doubled down on the policy, saying she won’t address it further until January 2023, at the earliest, when she would take office for her first complete term, should she be elected.

As the piece tellingly mentions:

Hochul has dodged questions on controversial public safety issues like repealing qualified immunity and changing cash bail laws by arguing that the timing was not good to express an opinion despite harsh criticism from her Republican opponent.

“Hochul’s no-response to crime attacks is likely giving the Republican what he wants,” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told The Post.

It’s also worth noting that the article highlighted how Hochul cannot say the same about crossover endorsements:

Hochul has yet to announce any endorsements from Republicans or conservative groups, however, while the endorsement from New Era Democrats is part of a growing list of Dems who say they feel more at home with Zeldin than the party of Hochul and firebrand socialist Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Bronx-Queens).

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