Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin will again upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik’s bid to grow to be the next House Republican Conference chair, asserting the endorsement throughout an upstate tour as he seeks the GOP nomination for governor in 2022.
“As we look forward toward the future, Elise Stefanik serving in higher capacities as the No. 3 in the House Republican Conference, I believe would not just be in the best interest of the conference and also in the best interest of this region, but for so many other important causes as we look to the future,” he stated in Saratoga Springs Monday as first reported by Spectrum News, following a gathering with the Saratoga GOP county chair and different native elected officers.
“Elise is someone who I consider a friend and who I believe would be an outstanding conference chair.”
Stefanik tweeted her thanks shortly after: “Thank you for your support Lee!”
“Elise is a fierce fighter for her congressional district. She worked hard to elect more Republican women to the house. She would understand as conference chair it’s not about any one person — it’s about the conference. When plotting out strategies that are 10, 20, 30 moves ahead, Elise would understand what’s needed to move and work with the conference,” he advised The Post later throughout a cellphone interview.
The vote to change the present convention chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (D-Wyo.) — who’s on the outs with the GOP leadership following her criticisms of former President Donald Trump — is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Stefanik has secured Trump’s backing for the place, after clinching a key endorsement from GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) over the weekend and earlier than that, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Meanwhile, Stefanik’s promotion in Congress would depart Zeldin away from a possible problem from her — as Stefanik had been mulling her personal gubernatorial run within the Empire State.
He’s up to now raised over $2.5 million in marketing campaign money and surpassed the 50 % minimal endorsement threshold wanted from New York’s GOP county chairs, clinching over 56 % of the weighted gubernatorial vote within the month since he first introduced his run.
He’s additionally secured 57 % of the weighted vote from the New York Conservative Party. State Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy dubbed him “frontrunner” throughout an April discussion board in Albany.
“New Yorkers are looking at states like Florida, where money goes further and living is freer. Why can’t we have that here?” Langworthy stated, slamming the not too long ago handed $212 billion state funds together with increased taxes on rich New Yorkers and a $2 million unemployment fund for undocumented staff.
Republicans have stated their chief strategy shall be taking down Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, regardless of being a 3rd time period incumbent with a prodigious fundraising observe file, they view as weakened amid a number of investigations involving sexual harassment allegations and the potential withholding of data associated to COVID deaths in nursing properties.
“I believe Governor Cuomo should resign specifically because of the deadly nursing home order and cover up. He could have last spring showed remorse and apologized and been transparent, but instead he chose the path of coverup. He was too busy [pursuing] a multimillion-dollar book deal,” stated Zeldin.
“That wasn’t identified till the New York Post broke the story and whereas there have been so many allegations which have adopted the lethal nursing dwelling scandal and coverup scandal…and there have been severe [sexual harassment] allegations since. Governor Cuomo ought to have resigned some time in the past. He claims he did nothing incorrect. He assaults his accusers.
He continued: “Voters all across the state have had enough with a governor who doesn’t believe in accountability.”
But a major could also be on the horizon as one other Republican — former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino — has his eyes on the state’s high publish. Astorino beforehand challenged Gov. Cuomo because the GOP’s candidate in 2014 and not too long ago ran an unsuccessful bid for state Senate in 2020.
Astorino filed paperwork to run in early March. His marketing campaign confirmed to The Post he’ll formally run on Monday.
Zeldin stated he doesn’t concern a problem.
“I was told that this was a marathon not a sprint,” he stated of his candidacy.
“This is the lowest gear I have. The closest anyone will ever get to us was on April 8th when we announced.”
“We live in an amazing country where anyone can step up as long as they meet the legal qualifications to run.”