New York Gubernatorial Candidates Are Already Tearing Up Election Campaign | Latest titles
It’s almost as if the shift in the calendar to an election year has officially kicked off the 2022 gubernatorial contest.
Because the New York election campaign is suddenly crowded and very much alive.
Republicans and Democrats are stepping up their governorship efforts sooner than ever due to the new political timetable resulting from the Democratic takeover of the state government in 2019. And as the two main parties are planning conventions in February to endorse their candidates, the campaign appears to have skipped the normal embryonic stage of mid-season form.
Take Republican Lee Zeldin. The Suffolk County congressman has appeared everywhere in recent days, weighing in on outgoing Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul’s state-of-the-state message, attacking the new Manhattan district attorney and generally acting as the GOP frontrunner he is considered.
“Lee does this regularly – 24/7,” said Conservative Erie County President Ralph C. Lorigo, a Zeldin supporter. “Every day his people engage and every day he connects to what’s going on.”
The rookie governor of New York, after unexpectedly assuming Albany’s top post last August, takes center stage in the state on Wednesday with his first state-of-the-state speech.
Other Republicans, such as former Westchester County Director Rob Astorino, have also stepped up their game, joining Zeldin over the weekend to slam Alvin Bragg, the new Manhattan District Attorney. Astorino and others, including Nassau County Democratic candidate Thomas R. Suozzi, have targeted Bragg for refusing to prosecute certain low-level crimes. Bragg continues to champion his new policy of avoiding jail time and reducing felony charges in some cases, stressing the need for mental health counseling or other approaches.