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NYT Editorial Board endorses Kathy Hochul over ‘unfit’ right-wing Lee Zeldin for New York governor

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This year’s gubernatorial race in New York has emerged as an unexpectedly close contest between incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and her Republican challenger, United States Congressman Lee Zeldin.

Hochul ascended to the Empire State’s chief executive spot in August 2021 upon the resignation of then-Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), who left office amid a flurry of sexual misconduct scandals. During her tenure, Hochul, a moderate from Buffalo, has drifted leftward in her expansions of many of Cuomo’s progressive policies and economic programs aimed at easing the financial strife brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which ravaged New York City before it devastated the rest of the nation.

Zeldin, meanwhile, is hoping that voters’ growing frustrations about inflation and acute spikes in crime will give him enough of a boost to oust Hochul. If Zeldin succeeds – and the latest polling indicates that his chances are increasing – it would be an absolutely massive political upset. And it would indicate that the electorate could be willing to look past Zeldin’s embrace of former President Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election having been stolen. Zeldin on numerous occasions has repeated Trump’s lies, most notably when on January 6th, 2021, he voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s landslide victory in the Electoral College.

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For that reason, among many, The New York Times Editorial Board endorsed Hochul on Saturday.

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