Tom Suozzi sues Gov. Kathy Hochul for past NRA support

New York gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi hits Gov. Kathy Hochul where it hurts in a new campaign ad targeting her past stance on guns after two horrific mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas shook the nation.

The ad featured two devastating New York Post cover stories — the May 23 report on the Q-Train subway murder that claimed the life of Daniel Enriquez, and the May 17 report on Kyhara Tay, the 11- year old who was shot in the Bronx.

“Subway shootings, guns flooding our streets, losing children, losing parents, and a governor who voted with the NRA in Congress and did nothing about crime,” Suozzi fumes during a 30-second, half-million-dollar rhyme expensive ad released this weekend that will be played nationally on radio and cable television.

Suozzi then slams Hochul in her own words — including a clip where she boasts that she was “one of the two Democrats to get NRA approval” during her failed 2012 congressional bid.

Hochul was one of two Democrats endorsed by the National Rifle Association that year. She won a special election in 2011 that made her the congresswoman for the right-leaning 27th district in western New York.

Suozzi walks down a street in New York in his promotional video.
In his new promotional video, Gov. Hopeful Tom Suozzi called out Gov. Kathy Hochul for getting NRA approval during her failed 2012 congressional bid.
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A clip of Hochul bragging about having received NRA support.
Suozzi included a clip of Hochul boasting about the support in his new campaign ad.
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“We have to stop the bleeding – now. I will fix bail reform so families can feel safe here and I will lower taxes so families can afford to live here. I have the record and the determination. That has to stop. When I’m governor. I’ll stop doing this,” Suozzi says, ending the ad by walking down into the entrance of a subway station.

The Big Apple has been rocked by a series of violent incidents on the subway.

Since January, the NYPD has recorded four murders on trains or subway stations.

A snapshot from Suozzi's ad showing Hochul's face.
Following the recent school shootings in Texas, Hochul announced plans to ban AR-15 rifle purchases in New York.
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Hochul has dismissed criticism of her support from the NRA, arguing that she should now be judged more for how she acts as governor than in previous positions.

She unveiled several executive orders and a legislative package aimed at strengthening New York’s gun laws following the horrific, racially charged massacre that killed 10 people in Buffalo earlier this month.

The governor also wants to create a new unit within the Empire State’s Office of Counterterrorism to prevent domestic terrorism and wants state police to begin prosecuting extremism via social media.

A wake is held for victims of the Texas school shooting.
The mass shooting in Texas came less than two weeks after the mass shooting at the Buffalo supermarket, both of which swept the country.
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Another measure would put a new state police requirement on the books, stating that officers must apply for an extreme risk protection order under New York’s red flag law if they have probable reasons that a person poses a threat to themselves represents himself or others.

Hochul also directed Attorney General Letitia James to launch an investigation into how Buffalo gunman Peyton Gendron used social media to promote the “replacement theory,” which argues that Democrats are trying to replace white Americans with non-white immigrants.

Following the tragic killing of 19 Texas schoolchildren and two teachers last week, Hochul went a step further and announced that she would ban the sale of AR-15 rifles in New York.

“The horrific shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Texas, less than two weeks after the mass murder of 10 New Yorkers in Buffalo, is another poignant reminder of the plague of gun violence facing our nation,” Hochul said on April 25 .May. according to a press release from her office.

“These are steps we should not be taking, but I am calling an emergency meeting of the state school safety team and directing state police to increase visibility at schools to ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent the next tragedy.” to prevent .”

A representative from the Hochul campaign did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/30/tom-suozzi-ad-slams-gov-kathy-hochul-for-past-nra-endorsement/ Tom Suozzi sues Gov. Kathy Hochul for past NRA support

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