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Lee Zeldin: Kathy Hochul ‘bled’ a lot of support tonight


New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin reacted to his Tuesday debate with incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, slamming her for “deviating” on issues that matter to New Yorkers.

Zeldin joined “The Ingraham Angle” in his first post-debate interview and highlighted how Hochul refused to speak substantively about issues affecting voters.

“She had many opportunities, but she kept trying to change the subject and talk about Trump,” he said. “You ask him about crime, Trump. You ask him about corruption, Trump.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin, RN.Y., and incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul faced off in a prime-time debate on Oct. 25, 2022.
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The congressman criticized the governor for his record on tackling crime statewide and his refusal to remove Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg from office because of his soft-on-crime policy.

“From day one, Alvin Bragg refused to enforce the law,” he told host Laura Ingraham. “I said he had to be fired, Kathy Hochul said, ‘He just got here, give him some slack. He’s doing his job.'”

LEE ZELDIN, GOVERNOR. KATHY HOCHUL DUKE IT OUT ON CRIME IN FOUCHING DEBATE AMID VIOLENCE IN NEW YORK

Zeldin promised to remove Bragg from office on day one if elected.

He argued that New Yorkers do not feel safe and the majority have “reached their breaking point, deciding to stay in New York or move to another state.”

NYPD officers hold a perimeter outside a crime scene in the Queens borough of New York.

NYPD officers hold a perimeter outside a crime scene in the Queens borough of New York.
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Hochul in recent weeks has touted enacting tougher bail laws to curb rising crime. In mid-October, she announced plans to increase police presence on the New York City subway.

Zeldin told host Laura Ingraham that he thinks New Yorkers care more about their safety and their “pocket” than hearing about Trump.

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“I would say people were listening, even though they didn’t like Trump – they also care about security, they also care about their wallets. So she probably lost support even from the people who came in who were behind her and might not even have voted for President Trump,” he said. “I think she bled a lot of support tonight and certainly inflamed our people a lot.”

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