New York is a closely blue state, however Republicans are sensing a gap in 2022 with a probably wounded candidate in Cuomo given a number of scandals surrounding him and his dipping favorability numbers amongst New Yorkers.
“From the tax policy to the public safety to the attacks on our freedoms, we’re seeing a weakened governor because of all of the scandals, the loss of life, the cover-up, the investigations, but it’s been impacting us in many ways and it’s time for us to do something about it,” Zeldin, a New York Republican who represents a part of Long Island, stated in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Zeldin additionally made his announcement on Twitter
, arguing that with one-party Democratic rule in New York City and Albany, “the light that was a beacon of what America can be has gone dark” and that Cuomo is on the “helm” of New York’s “downfall.”
Cuomo has not but stated whether or not he intends to search a fourth time period subsequent yr. He has led the state for a decade and New York hasn’t had a Republican governor since Gov. Georgia Pataki left workplace in 2006.
Zeldin is the second notable Republican who introduced his plans to run for governor this week. Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who served as an aide to Trump, advised the Washington Examiner
in an interview revealed Wednesday that he is planning to search the workplace.
Zeldin was a vocal defender of Trump throughout his presidency, together with publicly defending him throughout his second impeachment trial this yr. He additionally echoed Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election and voted towards certifying the 2020 election outcomes in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Zeldin was first elected to Congress in 2014, after serving 4 years in the New York state Senate.
Cuomo last won reelection in 2018
by simply defeating his progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon, however now his political future
is on shaky floor amid two scandals. He’s going through two independent investigations
into allegations he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately towards a number of ladies, allegations he has denied
. Federal investigators are additionally inspecting Cuomo’s dealing with of Covid-19 deaths at New York’s nursing properties through the top of the pandemic. A state legal professional normal report discovered that Cuomo’s administration underreported the variety of Covid deaths amongst New York’s long-term care sufferers after which delayed sharing probably damaging info with state lawmakers.
In latest weeks, Cuomo has repeatedly rebuffed calls
for his resignation by prime Democrats in New York and will face impeachment
and removing from workplace.