Andrew Cuomo says Zeldin coming within 5 points of victory is a ‘wake-up call’
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin’s strong but unsuccessful showing in Tuesday’s election was a “wake-up call” for Democrats.
“He was a one-issue candidate on crime, and in parts of the state where crime isn’t really a pressing issue, he didn’t resonate,” Cuomo said during an appearance on WABC 770 AM’s “Cats at Night” radio show with host John Catsimatidis.
“But to come within 5 points — that’s the closest race since George Pataki, I think, so that’s a real wake-up call,” he added. “And it cost the Democrats, it cost the Democrats precious seats in Congress.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) — who replaced Cuomo after he resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations, which Cuomo denied — won the gubernatorial race but led Zeldin by just 5.8 percentage points as of Thursday night in solid blue condition.
In 2018, Cuomo was re-elected by more than 20 percentage points, and Hochul appeared alongside him on the party ticket.
“Zeldin was a rabid pro-lifer … he’s on the wrong side of marriage equality, and he’s on the wrong side of guns … he’s a real rabid conservative,” Cuomo told the station. “For him to get to 5 points is unbelievable.”
Despite Democrats’ better-than-expected showing nationally, Republicans flipped more House seats in New York, boosting their chances of taking a majority, which has yet to be convened.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), the House Democrats’ campaign chief, lost re-election after redistricting after redistricting was approved.
Republicans also won several close races on Long Island — including Zeldin’s current House seat, which he did not seek re-election after deciding to run for governor instead — while other state House races remain close. to be able to announce them.
Cuomo said the GOP win shows Democrats can’t be “crime deniers.” a criticism he made just before Tuesday’s election also.
“There was no red tide,” Cuomo said on the radio show. “But there was a crime wave.”
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