Lee Zeldin claims Trump attacks in November’s election will backfire on Kathy Hochul

The Republican nominee for gubernatorial rep. Lee Zeldin is sticking with former President Donald Trump despite the political risks in his blue-state challenge to Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul.

“There are people who are obsessed with this theory that New York’s top 3 topics are Orange Man Bad, Orange Man Bad, Orange Man Bad,” Zeldin said at a Manhattan news conference.

The GOP nominee said he could even run alongside Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election, while arguing that “a whole lot of independents and Democrats” see rising crime and inflation as more worrying issues.

The embattled 45th president’s defense comes just hours after Hochul sparked a $2 million nationwide ad blast, which accused Zeldin of his opposition to abortion rights and his ongoing ties to Trump and his unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 presidential election was blown up.

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The Republican nominee for gubernatorial rep. Lee Zeldin speaks over a NY Post cover about Gov. Kathy Hochul.
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Hochul continues to publicly slam former President Donald Trump.
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“Zeldin’s campaign is more focused on appealing to the far right than delivering results for New Yorkers. Issue after issue, he has made it clear that if he were elected governor, he would bring the same dangerous MAGA agenda to New York,” Hochul campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey said Tuesday.

Polls have consistently shown that about two-thirds of New Yorkers have negative opinions of Trump, though he remains overwhelmingly popular with GOP voters, who outnumber registered Dems in New York by about two-to-one

Just 32% of likely voters have a positive opinion of Trump in his home state, while 63% disapprove of him, with just 5% not having strong feelings, according to a Siena College poll in early August that dragged Zeldin down 39% to 53 % against high ul.

“Nothing proves Lee Zeldin’s aloofness like saying he would run with Donald Trump in a state where the former president has lost a whopping 23 points,” Harvey said in the statement.

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Zeldin defends the former Trump from the critics.
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A poll released in recent days suggests that Zeldin has narrowed the gap to single digits, while a poll in late August showed Hochul remains a wide margin.

Republicans have not won a statewide election since former Governor George Pataki won a third term in 2002, and some political pundits say Zeldin needs to do more to appeal to disaffected Democrats and independent voters to win.

“Hug Trump. Not a winning strategy,” Pataki told the Post Tuesday.

Questions about his ties to Trump follow months of incessant attacks by Hochul and allies on issues like abortion and gun rights following controversial decisions by a US Supreme Court staffed by Trump-appointed judges.

The Long Island congressman has walked him through two impeachments and other scandals that have followed the real estate magnate out of office, with Trump helping Zeldin raise $1.5 million at a New Jersey fundraiser after he dropped out of the GOP primary held out for the governor.

Campaign records from mid-July showed Hochul had $11.7 million available as of mid-July, compared to just $1.57 million for Zeldin, whose campaign experts say he continues to have a paradoxical relationship with the ex-president .

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Trump helped Zeldin raise $1.5 million for his campaign.
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“Trump is helping him raise funds and helping Zeldin lose to Hochul,” political adviser Hank Sheinkopf said in a text.

Zeldin has argued that his votes in 2020 against confirming the results of the Pennsylvania and Arizona presidential elections were a matter of constitutional principle rather than party loyalty, while noting that he condemned the violence that took place on January 6 in the US Capitol was to see.

“What happened in the name of the pandemic is that you had non-state legislative actors changing the way the laws were administered on their own initiative without asking for permission,” Zeldin said Tuesday.

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Hochul called out Zeldin for his opposition to abortion rights and his connection to Trump.
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He claimed that Democrats’ attacks on his relationship with Trump would eventually explode in their faces, while he renewed attacks on Hochul over crime, the economy and her continued refusal to say exactly when and where she would debate with him will.

“Go tell the owners of Anne’s Pancakes at Southern Tier that this campaign is about Donald Trump instead of making sure they can survive,” Zeldin said Tuesday.

Democrats can spend millions bashing him over Trump, but Zeldin told reporters Tuesday he bet the joke will be on them once all the ballots are tallied after the final voting days on Nov. 9.

“One candidate is talking about reversing the attacks on our wallets or the security of liberty and voluntarily promoting our children’s education and saving the state,” he told reporters.

“And on the other hand – if we’re fighting for independent undecided voters – and that’s your focus, Donald Trump? This is your autopsy,” he added. Lee Zeldin claims Trump attacks in November’s election will backfire on Kathy Hochul


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