Lee Zeldin’s Twitter feed leaves no doubt about what the Republican gubernatorial candidates believes is the top issue in his race with Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Crime has been the major focus of his campaign. Over the past few days, he has tweeted that he will fire Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for being soft on crime, linked Hochul with the “Defund the Police” movement and touted the law enforcement career of Alison Esposito, his lieutenant governor running mate.
But is this the best strategy for a Republican hoping to become New York’s first GOP governor since George Pataki, who served from 1995 to 2006?
Those lines from the Beatles 1967 film and album “Magical Mystery Tour” are my way of inviting you to join me on a journey through this year’s New York gubernatorial contest — a race that already has had a share of unusual and unpredictable twists and turns.
A year ago, Andrew Cuomo was eyeing a fourth term as governor. Kathy Hochul was lieutenant governor and an unlikely candidate for the state’s top post. All of that changed on Aug. 10 when Cuomo announced his resignation amid a flurry of accusations of sexual harassment, and Hochul became New York’s 57th governor.
When it comes to politics, New Yorkers mirror national patterns, differing on most public policy issues.
But when the topic is baseball, the state’s residents are in agreement.
According to a March 28 Siena Research Institute poll, nearly twice as many respondents (40%) identified as Yankees fans than Mets fans (21%). Seven percent were fans of other teams, and 29% were not fans of any team.
Last week, CNN reported that Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been receiving media training from Mandy Grunwald, a political consultant and media advisor.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s narrow victory over Republican Jack Ciattarelli in Tuesday’s New Jersey governor’s election is reminiscent of Christie Whitman’s 1990 campaign for U.S. Senate.
At the time, Whitman, a Republican, was a county freeholder who was given little chance to unseat popular Democrat Bill Bradley. But voters were angry that Democrat Jim Florio and the Democratic legislature had enacted a massive tax increase. Florio wasn’t on the ballot, so Bradley felt the wrath of New Jersey voters and just barely defeated Whitman.