An event Thursday at JFK Airport showed Gov. Kathy Hochul using her day job against Republican rival Lee Zeldin while dodging his attacks on rising crime, inflation and her dodging ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
“We have to make sure this woman comes into this office forever,” NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson said at an official Hochul event announcing the groundbreaking for a new terminal at JFK International Airport.
Similar feelings by Labor Honcho Gary LaBarbera showed how the incumbent’s powers raise Hochul’s profile while adding fuel to accusations that her campaign is pushing boundaries.
“It’s a new day, a new way for Kathy Hochul to illegally misuse taxpayers’ money to fuel her failed campaign. Voters are fed up with kickback Kathy’s corruption machinery and it will take real ‘magic’ to stop voters from trying to oust her from office,” GOP state chairman Nick Langworthy said Thursday of the Hall’s election support of Fame Laker.
A rapid testing company controlled by donors to its campaign has been paid twice as much as other providers while raising $637 million in government funds, the Times Union reported Thursday morning in another suspected pay-to-play scheme. in which Hochul was involved.
Representatives of her office and campaign did not respond to requests for comment Thursday, though both have denied wrongdoing in the past.
The airport event was one of many the governor has hosted in recent weeks to promote achievements in office while proxies focus on Zeldin, who has been prominent in her campaign on issues including abortion, gun rights and the issue of the legitimacy of the election results of 2020 was classified as extreme.
“[Zeldin] poses a very real threat to our fundamental rights and our democracy,” Erie County Democratic Party leader Jeremy Zellner thundered Thursday as the state party kicked off a nationwide tour on behalf of Hochul.
Hochul has also channeled other acting gubernatorial powers in recent months, such as using state planes to fly home to Buffalo after a campaign rally and using funds from a state agency to fund projects important to voters and the she needed this fall.
A poll released last week showed Hochul just a four-point lead, although other polls suggest she has a much larger lead over Zeldin, who is disadvantaged with fundraising and party registration over the Democratic nominee.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis helped his campaign Thursday with a fundraiser on his behalf, sparking a feud with Hochul in the process.
Her packed public schedule as governor comes as she continues to limit her campaign engagements to Zeldin, much like former President Bill Clinton once kept his enemies at bay and limited their ability to inflict harm.
“The governor benefits from the Rose Garden strategy as incumbent. And that rose garden just so happens to extend down the NYS Thruway to JFK,” political adviser Jake Dilemani told The Post.
With two months to go before the final votes are cast, Zeldin is keeping his sights set on Hochul – who, after being spurred on, has said she would debate with him but did not give a specific time or place – as he continues to attack her over controversial issues such as bail bond reform and congestion pricing.
Hochul, meanwhile, has shunned the Republican challenger while keeping her cards close to testing issues like lifting qualified immunity for cops, which Zeldin refuses.
“Has Magic added any opinion on what he thinks about the increasing crime on the streets under Kathy Hochul’s watch, congestion charges, or attacks on non-public education? What does he think of Hochul refusing to take debate requests, rising energy prices, New York leading the nation in population loss, or prosecutors like Alvin Bragg refusing to enforce the law?” said the Zeldin campaign spokeswoman , Katie Vincentz, on Thursday.
“To save our state, Hochul must go!” she added.
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