VIDEO: Gov. Hochul slams Lee Zeldin for signing the amicus brief to urge the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

VIDEO: Gov. Hochul slams Lee Zeldin for signing the amicus brief to urge the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Gov. Hochul just slammed Lee Zeldin for signing the amicus brief to urge the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Read More Here).

Gov. Kathy Hochul and her Republican challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin both came out swinging at the singular debate in New York’s gubernatorial contest Tuesday as recent polls show a tighter-than-expected race just two weeks from Election Day.

The Democratic governor seeking her first term and the Long Island congressmember hit on the themes that have defined their campaigns: She criticized him for being an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump who doesn’t support abortion rights; he hit back that Hochul has let crime fester in New York City and hasn’t done enough to address the state’s high cost of living.

“You’re poorer and less safe because of Kathy Hochul and extreme policies,” Zeldin said directly into the camera in his opening statement. “This is your opportunity to save New York.”

“Nice to see you too, as well, Lee,” Hochul quipped when given her 60-second intro.

The event hosted by Spectrum News in New York City comes as Hochul’s juggernaut campaign pivots to emphasize her record on public safety to counter Zeldin’s aggressive messaging on the issue, a national trend that has put even safe Democratic seats in limbo ahead of the Nov. 8 elections for governors across the U.S. and control of Congress.

Polls have shown Hochul’s lead as low as four percentage points in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican statewide in 20 years. Mr. Zeldin, who has spent his campaign trying to appeal to voters’ dissatisfaction with the status quo, went on the attack from the get-go, frequently raising his voice as he channeled a sense of outrage, especially around crime. Ms. Hochul, a Buffalo-area Democrat vying for her first full term, took a more measured approach that fit her insistence that the state needs a steady hand to lead it.

Mr. Zeldin, a Long Island congressman, has for months made crime the central focus of his campaign for governor, and Tuesday’s debate was no different. From the start, he attacked Ms. Hochul, charging that she was not doing enough to stem an increase in serious offenses in the state and especially New York City, and blamed her policies for fueling fears.

New Yorkers, Mr. Zeldin said in his opening statement, were “less safe thanks to Kathy Hochul and extreme policies.” Mr. Zeldin largely stuck to tough-on-crime policy points that he honed during his primary campaign. He forcefully criticized Ms. Hochul for opposing further revisions to the state’s bail law and called for changes to laws that reformed the juvenile justice system and the parole system in the state.

Mr. Zeldin also doubled down repeatedly on a vow that, if elected, he would immediately remove the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, from office, accusing Mr. Bragg of failing to enforce the state’s criminal code.

Ms. Hochul sought to redirect attention to her efforts to stem the flow of illegal guns and noted that she had already tightened the bail reforms earlier this year. Those efforts, she said, had already proven fruitful.

But Mr. Zeldin argued that the governor was overly focused on gun crime and had not focused enough on other offenses of concern to New Yorkers, including a rise in violent incidents in the subway system.

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