One un-elected Governor is turning New York state into a complete third world hellhole.
Crime is skyrocketing as Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul and her administration continue implementing pro-crime policies.
And now Hochul says she can’t understand why being tough on crime is even important to people.
Could New York change to the Big Red Apple?
New York is one of the bluest states in the country.
Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 23-points in 2020.
Ronald Reagan was the last Republican to win Electoral College votes in the Empire State.
Democrats control the trifecta in Albany and two far-left U.S. Senators.
In fact, New Yorkers haven’t sent a Republican to the Upper Chamber since the new millennium started.
But unelected Governor Kathy Hochul has done such a poor job running the state, she’s actually in danger of losing her re-election bid.
The contest started as “safe Democrat”, but RealClearPolitics recently moved the race into its “toss up” category as Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin continues to close in on the unpopular Hochul.
The RealClearPolitics average currently has the incumbent leading her challenger by 6-points, but recent surveys have shown the race much closer – including one that had Zeldin down just 2 points, well within the margin of error.
Why would locking up criminals be important?
Skyrocketing crime rates are posing a real problem, not just for New Yorkers, but for their Governor, as well.
And Hochul didn’t do herself any favors when she squared off against Zeldin in a recent debate.
Zeldin, much as he’s done consistently on the campaign trail, hammered Hochul for championing pro-crime policies.
“We’re still waiting for Kathy Hochul to talk about locking up criminals,” Zeldin said. “People are at home waiting for action. To make sure the handcuffs are going on criminals instead of law-abiding New Yorkers. So that people can go walk the streets of Manhattan, instead of having to call an Uber to go just two blocks, because they’re afraid. People who have changed their behavior, they’re not riding the to subway the same house. Maybe they’re Jewish and they take their yarmulkes off because they’re afraid of being attacked. Maybe there’s a women, they tell me these stories, to hug a poleor grab a guardrail because they’re afraid of being pushed into oncoming subway car. There are criminals out there who need to pay the of consequences their actions.”
Throughout the debate, Zeldin was practically begging Hochul to discuss her record on crime.
When she finally did, her campaign team was wishing she hadn’t.
“Anyone who commits a crime under our laws – especially with the changes we made to bail – has consequences,” Hochul answered. “I don’t know why that is so important to you.”
A criminal state of mind . . .
The Governor of a state where crime is surging in seven major categories doesn’t understand why locking up criminals is important?
Under Hochul, New York has moved to the criminal-friendly reduced bail and cashless bail policies that effectively create catch-and-release laws.
Her Attorney General, Letitia James chooses not to even prosecute many crimes.
In the Big Apple alone this year, there’s a 42.1% increase in grand larceny, a 28.3% rise in burglary and a 26.2% increase in robbery.
Murders are up 34% year-over year in New York City – but Kathy Hochul can’t fathom why her opponent wants her to address policies putting criminals back on the streets?
Maybe because Lee Zeldin wants New Yorkers to be safe.
Maybe because he wants to reduce crime.
Or, maybe, just maybe, it could have something to do with the fact that a Hochul supporter tried to kill Zeldin a couple months ago.
You sent your supporters after him. And they came. https://t.co/hoTKsqcPxe pic.twitter.com/K7Z1VptMTk
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) July 22, 2022
Throughout the summer, the Hochul camp had been encouraging their supporters to attend and disrupt Zeldin campaign stops.
One of her supporters listened, showed up at a Zeldin rally in Rochester, went on stage with a blade and wrestled the gubernatorial hopeful to the ground.
Zeldin, fortunately, escaped unharmed.
But his attacker was almost immediately released following his arrest – on cashless bail.