NY Lt. gov. Antonio Delgado sets his sights on the NRA after being sworn in

Former Rep. Antonio Delgado officially took the oath of office as Lieutenant Governor of New York on Wednesday, weeks after his predecessor fell out of favor.

He quickly targeted the political status quo in the Empire State and beyond.

“We have enough politicians, really. What we need are more officials. There are far too many so-called leaders who are making it all a game – not in it for the right reasons, and we can’t afford that anymore,” Delgado said shortly after his swearing-in, along with his wife and two sons.

His new job has few formal authority while providing him with a rowdy pulpit as he and Gov. Kathy Hochul campaign together for statewide office ahead of the June 28 Democratic primary.

The former Representative and Rhodes Scholar turned over a Republican seat in 2018 before winning re-election two years later by a double-digit margin.

He is now in a three-way race against left-wing activist Ana Maria Archila and moderate former councilwoman Diana Reyna for the Democratic nomination for LG.

Archila, Reyna and others have criticized Delgado for drawing on ancestry from an estranged grandfather while identifying as Afro-Latino.

The National Riffle Association of America (NRA) headquarters on August 6, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia.
Delgado has criticized the NRA, saying the gun lobby has “a stranglehold on our democracy”.
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In a comment Wednesday, Delgado turned his attention to the National Rifle Association while urging additional gun control measures following a deadly mass shooting at a Texas school.

“The gun lobby and gun manufacturers in particular have a stranglehold on our democracy. Put simply, there are politicians out there who are being bought and paid for by the NRA,” he said.

Hochul has been pushing for national gun control measures in recent weeks, along with state-level efforts that include a new call to ban the sale of firearms like the AR-15 by anyone under the age of 21.

The alleged 18-year-old Texas gunman used a legally purchased gun in Tuesday’s massacre, as did the teenage white supremacist who allegedly killed 10 people in Buffalo earlier this month.

Gun control and abortion rights come at an opportune time in New York for Hochul, who took office last August after ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid a litany of scandals.

Antonio Delgado was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of New York on May 25, 2022 in Manhattan.
Antonio Delgado was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of New York on May 25, 2022 in Manhattan.
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She has faced several political setbacks in recent weeks, including the resignation of former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin following his arrest in connection with an alleged conspiracy related to his failed campaign for city auditor in 2019.

A poll even found that a large number of voters would prefer someone other than Hochul to be governor in November.

Hochul has been criticized for appointing Delgado to replace Benjamin as LG because it reduced Democrats’ chances of defending their slim majority in the House of Representatives in an election year expected to favor Republicans.

Delgado replaced Benjamin in the primary after Hochul overcame a “clusterf-k” of opposition from Democratic lawmakers who opposed an electoral law change weeks before a primary.

Antonio Delgado will be sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of New York State today, surrounded by his family.
Delgado takes over as Lieutenant Governor after Brian Benjamin resigns.
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But Hochul said the Schenectady native is needed back home in the Empire State.

“There are so many exquisite parts of our state that need to feel like they matter, and that’s why I wanted a partner who understood the entire state,” she said of the Schenectady native.

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