New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) announced this week he will run for governor to remoce Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) from leadership of the Empire State.
He is the first Republican candidate to officially announce a challenge to the scandal-ridden Cuomo.
Zeldin is a strong ally of former President Donald Trump who has served four terms in New York’s 1st District in eastern Long Island. The Congressman made his announcement during a live interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“I’m running for governor of New York in 2022,” Zeldin announced on the program. “We are going to win this race.”
🚨🚨🚨BREAKING: I’m running for Governor of NY in 2022. To save NY, #CuomosGottaGo!
I’ll bring the kind of relentless, fighting spirit towards helping to save our state that Cuomo reserves for multi-million dollar self-congratulatory book deals, cover-ups, abuse & self-dealing.
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) April 8, 2021
Zeldin’s campaign website adds he will “bring the kind of relentless, fighting spirit towards helping to save our state that Andrew Cuomo only reserves for multi-million dollar self-congratulatory book deals, cover-ups, abuse and self-dealing.”
Fox News reports Zeldin met with the former president last month at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The meeting took place as Trump allies have been quietly garnering support for the congressman. Zeldin previously served as an attorney and officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
The news also comes the day after Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, stated he was also considering a run for governor.
With Cuomo refusing to resign and already preparing for his reelection campaign to serve a fourth term, the news is a welcome relief to many New Yorkers seeking new leadership. The governor has been the topic of multiple scandal accusations, with his own party leaders calling for his resignation.
Zeldin will face tough opposition in his campaign against the once highly-popular Cuomo. If he wins, the congressman will be the first Republican New York governor elected since George Pataki in 1995.