New York is a heavily blue state, but Republicans are sensing an opening in 2022 with a potentially wounded candidate in Cuomo given several scandals surrounding him and his dipping favorability numbers among New Yorkers.
“From the tax policy to the public safety to the attacks on our freedoms, we’re seeing a weakened governor because of all of the scandals, the loss of life, the cover-up, the investigations, but it’s been impacting us in many ways and it’s time for us to do something about it,” Zeldin, a New York Republican who represents part of Long Island, said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Cuomo has not yet said whether he intends to seek a fourth term next year. He has led the state for a decade and New York hasn’t had a Republican governor since Gov. Georgia Pataki left office in 2006.
Zeldin was a vocal defender of Trump during his presidency, including publicly defending him during his second impeachment trial this year. He also echoed Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election and voted against certifying the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Zeldin was first elected to Congress in 2014, after serving four years in the New York state Senate.