Politics

NOT-SO-CHATTY KATHY: NY Gov. Hochul Ducks Press as GOP Challenger Zeldin Closes Gap

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.06.22

New York Governor Kathy Hochul doesn’t want to discuss the latest poll numbers.

While marching in the West Indian Day parade over the weekend, Gov. Hochul made a premature exit when confronted by New York Post reporters asking when she would debate GOP challenger Lee Zeldin.

A recent Trafalgar Group poll shows  Zeldin just four points back on Hochul.

From The New York Post:

The Democratic governor briefly turned her head in response to a shouted question from The Post asking when she’ll debate Zeldin, an outgoing Republican congressman from Long Island.

But she didn’t answer, got into the vehicle and was driven away behind its tinted windows.

GOP political consultant William O’Reilly, who isn’t working for Zeldin, said, “Gov. Hochul thinks she can run a Rose Garden strategy, but she does so at her own peril.”

“New Yorkers expect their candidates to debate, and they don’t look kindly on those who try to squirrel out of them,” he said.

“As an unelected governor, Mrs. Hochul has an added obligation to voters, but at this point, she doesn’t seem to care. She thinks she can coast to victory, and that could be a very costly mistake.”

On Aug. 17, Hochul’s campaign said she “looks forward” to facing off in debates against Zeldin but wouldn’t say if she’ll agree to his plan for five debates across the Empire State.

The Trafalgar Group poll of 1,091 likely general election voters, conducted last week had Hochul at 47.8% — and Zeldin, at 43.4%, closing the gap on the Democratic governor.

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