Leading Comfortably in Florida, DeSantis Stumps for NY’s Zeldin Two Weeks From Election
Feeling comfortable about his re-election prospects, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to stump for New York Governor candidate Lee Zeldin this weekend.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin will also join Zeldin on Monday for a get-out-the-vote rally.
Zeldin has mounted an impressive come-from-behind campaign against the Governor of one of the bluest states in the country, Democrat Kathy Hochul.
A Co-Efficient poll released last week had Zeldin leading Hochul by one percent.
New York Governor:
Zeldin (R) 46% (+1)
Hochul (D-inc) 45%
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 21, 2022
Zeldin has highlighted the skyrocketing crime rates in New York throughout his campaign. DeSantis said that New York will become a ‘law-and-order-state if Zeldin is elected.’
“I would say the number one thing I hear, where people get so fed up, is they are sick and tired of the crime that you see, particularly in New York City,” he added. “Florida is a law-and-order state. I am a law-and-order governor. If Lee Zeldin gets into office, New York will become a law-and-order state.”
DeSantis’ presence at the event gave Zeldin a boost in the final two weeks of the midterms as it was the largest rally in the New York Gubernatorial race yet.
Biggest rally of the NY governor’s race thus far.
Long Island turning out for this Zeldin-DeSantis event. pic.twitter.com/kJNwzQHL5O
— Bobby Cuza (@bcuza) October 29, 2022
DeSantis then discussed the stakes of the election, saying that Zeldin could bring new ideas to a state that Democrats have long dominated.
“I’d like to see him get in there and unleash your own energy here in the state of New York,” DeSantis said about Zeldin. “So I think this is an important choice for the state of New York. Do you want to continue down the path that you’re on — the path that’s seen you hemorrhage people, wealth, you name it? Or do you want to try a different direction?”
NY deserves a leader who will restore law & order. @leezeldin is the man for the job.
Lee will also protect NYers against irrational & liberty-infringing COVID mandates.
The Zeldin victory on Nov 8th will be a shot heard ‘round the world!
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) October 30, 2022
Celebrities from New York and across the country have weighed in on the New York Governor’s race, attacking his environmental policies and attempting to label him as far-right.
Zeldin mocked celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio, who attacked him for his climate policies.
🚨New Yorkers, join me in telling Republican candidate for Governor Lee Zeldin to #FrackOff! Let's get out the vote for Democratic Gov. @KathyHochul! She will protect New York's fracking ban & lead on climate action.
Like & RT my video & vote — early voting starts tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/G8dcw7CroZ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 28, 2022
“Leonardo DiCaprio retweeted it,” he said. “I was crushed. I was humiliated. And then Amy Schumer tweeted at me. And I just needed to be out with my friends tonight to recover from the devastating impact.”
Responding to Youngkin and DeSantis’ appearance at Zeldin’s events, a spokesperson for Hochul’s campaign said that the Governors are ‘far-right’ Republicans.
“Ron DeSantis and Glenn Youngkin are prime examples of far-right Republicans who have worked to roll back abortion rights and bring more guns into their communities,” Hochul spokesperson Jerrel Harvey said in a statement. “Lee Zeldin is cut from the same extremist cloth.”
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