The Former President of the United States, Donald Trump has on Sunday endorsed the Republican Representative Lee Zeldin in what is now being considered as a major toss off election which would be used to dethrone Democrat New York Govrnor Kathy Hochul.
In his statement, he said: “I have watched and known Congressman Lee Zeldin for many years. He is a great and brilliant lawyer who was a ‘must see’ for others in Congress when they had a complex legal problem that was holding up legislation,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “Lee was strong on the Border, Crime, our great Military & Vets (like few others!), and fought hard to protect our 2nd Amendment, and succeeded. Lee Zeldin is a WINNER who GOT THINGS DONE. He will be a GREAT Governor of New York, and has my Complete & Total Endorsement. GOOD LUCK LEE!”
The much awaited endorsement is also coming just three weeks from Election Day and a week after a shooting had occurred outside of Zeldin’s home on Long Island which had also added momentum to his tough on crime campaign.
The Republican has repeatedly criticized Hochul’s support for New York’s controversial bail reforms and he had also vowed to fire the liberal Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on the first if he wins in Albany.
Meanwhile, the Hochul campaign condemned Trump’s endorsement of Zeldin as the leader of the Democratic stronghold state that has not seen a Republican governor in decades.
“With an endorsement from Trump himself, Lee Zeldin now has a formal stamp of approval as the most extreme and dangerous candidate to ever run for governor in New York State history,” Hochul campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey said in a statement Sunday. “While Trump’s endorsement doesn’t come as a surprise, becoming the former president’s handpicked choice for governor proves Zeldin’s full embrace of the MAGA agenda and shows just how out of touch he is with New York voters.”
The race between Hochul and Zeldin has been categorised as a “toss up.”