New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin announced this week he will run for governor to defeat Andrew Cuomo as leader of the Empire State. He is the first Republican candidate to announce a challenge to the scandal-ridden Cuomo.
Zeldin is a strong ally of former President Donald Trump who has served four terms in New York’s 1st District in eastern Long Island. The Congressman made his announcement during a live interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“I’m running for governor of New York in 2022,” Zeldin announced on the program. “We are going to win this race.”
Zeldin’s campaign website adds he will “bring the kind of relentless, fighting spirit towards helping to save our state that Andrew Cuomo only reserves for multi-million dollar self-congratulatory book deals, cover-ups, abuse and self-dealing.”
Fox News reports Zeldin met with the former president last month at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The meeting took place as Trump allies have been quietly garnering support for the congressman. Zeldin previously served as an attorney and officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
The news comes the day after Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, stated he was also considering a run for governor.
With Cuomo refusing to resign and already preparing for his reelection campaign to serve a fourth term, the news is a welcome relief to many New Yorkers seeking new leadership. Cuomo has been the topic of multiple scandal accusations, with his own party leaders calling for his resignation.
A total of 10 women have now come forward with accusations of sexual harassment involving Cuomo. The accusations are now part of a state investigation. Cuomo’s problems also include a federal probe regarding nursing home death statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Others have blasted the governor for his overreach regarding COVID-19 restrictions. The state kept students home from school for a year. Many businesses were shut down for so long they have closed. A Facebook survey announced this week that New York led the nation in small-business closures during the pandemic, alongside neighboring Pennsylvania.
Zeldin described the state’s problems well in his campaign statement: “The New York that was once a magnet for the world’s best and brightest is now forcing its own to leave under the crushing weight of skyrocketing taxes, lost jobs, suffocating regulations, and rising crime resulting from dangerously liberal policies.”
The congressman is ready to Make New York Great Again even if he can’t make the changes he would like in Washington. It’s about time the Empire State had some conservative leadership to turn back the blue tide overwhelming its citizens.
Despite Cuomo’s past victories by wide margins, the time is right for one of the nation’s leading states to lead well. With a true conservative governor at the helm, Dr. Fauci may be right in a way he did not expect: The nation might start getting back to normal by the end of 2022.