‘Absolutely Crushing Kathy’: A Fiery Zeldin Comes Out Swinging Over Crime In Debate Against Hochul
Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images//Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) came out swinging against Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) during Tuesday night’s New York gubernatorial debate, hitting the incumbent on the issue of rising crime in the deep-blue state.

When the duo were asking about crime in the state, Hochul promoted laws cracking down on gun rights and failed progressive policies.

A fiery Zeldin, in turn, ripped the Democrat, “Kathy Hochul believes that the only crimes being committed are crimes with guns; you have people who are afraid to be pushed in front of oncoming subway cars, they’re being stabbed, beaten to death on the street with hammers.”


“Talk to the Asian American community and how it’s impacted them with the loss of lives, Jewish people targeted with raw, violent anti-Semitism on our streets — it just happened yet again,” the Republican continued. “We need to be talking about all of these other crimes, but instead, Kathy Hochul is busy patting herself on the back, job well done. No, actually.”

“Right now,” Zeldin said, “there should be a special session” to “overhaul cashless bail and these other pro-criminal laws with zero tolerance.”


The support for Zeldin quickly sparked online, particularly with the responses on crime.

“Zeldin is telling a story about the personal impact of crime and lax enforcement by DAs,” Noah Rothman reacted. “It is very impressive. Hochul responds by brining up Jan. 6 and Zeldin’s votes on affirming the results of the 2020 election. He’s murdering her on this issue.”

“All my opponent can come up with is talking about the last election?” he quoted Hochul. “Hochul finally responds with some concrete stipulations about how she would respond to crime in a full term. She is not being pinned down on crime in ways her campaign didn’t anticipate so far.”

“I guess they’ll let him out on low bail then amirite? Heyooo,” CNN’s Mary Katharine Ham quipped, mocking progressive policies.

“Kathy Hochul said she is the first governor to ever work with a New York mayor to increase public safety. Totally insane,” political consultant Ryan James Girdusky responded. 

“Lee Zeldin is absolutely crushing Kathy Hochul in the NY Governors race debate,” commentator Ashely St. Clair wrote.

A poll released last week showed Zeldin in the lead over Hochul in the deep-blue state, The Daily Wire reported.

The poll of 1,056 likely voters, conducted by Co/efficient on October 18-19, shows Zeldin with a very slight lead over incumbent Hochul, 45.6%-45.3%; 9.1% of voters were undecided. The poll is within the margin of error, but it is the first poll from a nationwide firm showing Zeldin in the lead in deep-blue New York. The poll comes as multiple polls have shown that the race is close.

John Rigolizzo has contributed to this post.

Related: New Poll Shows Zeldin With A Small Lead Over Kathy Hochul In Deep-Blue New York

Create a free account to join the conversation!

Already have an account?

Log in

Got a tip worth investigating?

Your information could be the missing piece to an important story. Submit your tip today and make a difference.

Submit Tip
Download Daily Wire Plus

Don't miss anything

Download our App

Stay up-to-date on the latest
news, podcasts, and more.

Download on the app storeGet it on Google Play
The Daily Wire   >  Read   >  ‘Absolutely Crushing Kathy’: A Fiery Zeldin Comes Out Swinging Over Crime In Debate Against Hochul