As votes close in advance of Tuesday’s election, Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears to have a change of heart regarding Republicans in her state.
At a campaign rally in August, Hochul attacked Republicans, saying the “period of Trump and Zeldin” was finished.
And we’re here to tell you that the Molinaro, Zeldin, and Trump eras are over. Jump on a bus and go back to Florida, where you belong, OK? Get away from here. Because you don’t embody our principles,” Hochul remarked. “You are not from New York.”
Republicans took issue with Hochul’s remarks, even though she later clarified that they were directed at Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York and his political backers, including former President Donald Trump.
Voters are urged to “VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT” by Zeldin, who criticizes New York Governor Ho Chul on crime.
Hochul was asked to comment on a National Review piece that claimed Democratic leadership “was making NYC unlivable for conservatives” and cited a “Republican exodus” from the Empire State during an interview on “The Breakfast Club” by co-host Charlamagne tha God.
How will you keep folks in New York? Charleman enquired.
Hochul replied, “Well, we’ve got to provide them the positions and, you know, folks might not want to be here philosophically. We do improve people’s rights in this state, and if a person doesn’t agree with it from a philosophical standpoint, I hope they stay. We invite them to stay and, ideally, they will get why it is so crucial for us to uphold human rights. And it has taken a long time to arrive at the rights we now enjoy in the state of New York, including the rights of LGBTQ people and women who are currently being attacked. People want to live in a society where it is accepted that women have the right to control their own bodies. In fact, this is the reason New York State is more friendlier. People from other states are beginning to want to move here, and we welcome them because that is who we are. We have such enthralling differences. Although we are open to visitors from anywhere, we now have occupations that we previously lacked. I therefore urge everyone to stay.
Charlamagne remarked, “Be honest now, MAGA conservatives can go.”
When Hochul was initially elected to Congress as a Democrat serving ‘the most Republican district,’ she bragged about her prior GOP outreach, claiming her voters regarded her as’someone who was not so much defined by labels, but as someone who truly had a heart that was a fighter.
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Additionally, she recalled an incident from her stint as lieutenant governor in which she and her husband traveled by boat up the Erie Canal, stopped in one of the “very conservative tiny communities,” and then happened to come across a “Trump Flotilla.” They got off the boat, she added, and chatted with Trump backers about automobiles and football because “they knew who I was.”
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But by the time we were finished, they invited us to return and enjoy a beer with them after we ordered supper, Hochul recalled. I do think there are other ways we can relate to individuals. On Nov. 9, when the election is over, I will have the chance to govern for the next four years in a way that is inclusive and recognizes that there are areas of our state where people feel neglected or overlooked. Whether they live upstate or in the boroughs, they need a leader who will bring people together and not be so divisive. I’ve already shown that I can be that person, which is precisely why I think those people will still want to live in a place where their kids will get a decent education, they’ll have an opportunity to obtain a good career, and they can safeguard their family’s rights.
In recent weeks, polls have become more competitive, giving Republicans confidence that they may shock the country on Tuesday by winning in a solidly blue state like New York.
Hochul led Zeldin by 18 points in August. The difference has narrowed to 6 points according to the RealClearPolitics average of the polls.
Since crime has emerged as a major concern for New York voters, Zeldin has focused significantly on it during his campaign. Zeldin has seen the firsthand effects of crime in recent weeks, including being attacked at a rally and hearing gunshots outside his home while his two kids were inside.
Hochul was questioned on the cashless bail system that detractors claim is to blame for the rise in crime in her state during her appearance on “Breakfast Club.” However, she emphasized that recently passed reform efforts to crack down on repeat offenders haven’t taken effect and that she “needs the whole system to work,” saying judges and district attorneys need to “do the right thing.” The governor defended the law, which she claimed brought “equity” to the justice system.