Governor Hochul brings out Bill Clinton, more top Democrats to boost her vote in New York

Governor Hochul brings out Bill Clinton, more top Democrats to boost her vote in New York

Top Democrats swarmed the Big Apple on Saturday in a desperate attempt to boost Governor Kathy Hochul in the final days of her re-election race against GOP rival Representative Lee Zeldin.

Former President Bill Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer were among Democrats who rallied in Brooklyn for Hochul in a frantic effort to stave off Zeldin’s momentum ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Clinton ridiculed Zeldin’s anti-crime campaign theme, downplaying the chaos that voters from Buffalo to Brighton Beach say is a key concern.

“Lee Zeldin makes it look like Kathy Hochul is walking to the nearest subway station, handing out clubs and baseball bats,” the former president said. “Looks like he’s looking to replace Dwayne Johnson in all of his movies.”

“What do the Republicans want? They want you to be scared and angry,” Clinton said. “The last thing they want you to do is think.”

Former President Bill Clinton attends a rally in support of New York Governor Kathy Hochul in Brooklyn on November 5, 2022.
Former President Bill Clinton attends a rally in support of New York Governor Kathy Hochul in Brooklyn on November 5, 2022.
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Mayor Eric Adams – who notably left his campaign appearance for governor off his own official schedule – said he will “fight every day to make sure Kathy Hochul returns to Albany”.

“He’s the governor New York State needs right now,” Adams said.

Clinton accused GOP gubernatorial candidate Representative Lee Zeldin of trying to drive New Yorkers scared and mad.
Clinton accused GOP gubernatorial candidate Representative Lee Zeldin of trying to drive New Yorkers scared and mad.
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The rally at City Point, a mall in downtown Brooklyn, was one of several New York campaign events for Hochul, who is in a neck and neck race with the Long Island congressman.

About 300 Hochul supporters — many of whom were SEIU and Hospitality Trades Council union members — packed into an unfinished warehouse-like space to hear Clinton and the other Democrats speak.

Schumer, who brought along his 3-month-old granddaughter Eleanor, warned the crowd that Zeldin is “an ally of America’s worst president.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer supports Hochul in Queens on November 5, 2022.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer backs Hochul on November 5, 2022.
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“I don’t want my granddaughter to grow up with less rights than her mother,” the senator said, referring to the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that returned the legalization of abortion to the United States.

Meanwhile, Zeldin spent his day making campaign stops in the Hudson Valley — drawing crowds at least equal to those of Democratic stars.

“We resonate with massive groups of New Yorkers from all walks of life,” he told a crowd of about 150 voters in Mahopac, Putnam County.

“We have to save this state,” he said, picking up on a favorite campaign theme. “New Yorkers are fleeing New York more than we see people fleeing any other state in the country.”

Zeldin campaigning at Hopewell Junction on November 5, 2022.
Zeldin campaigning at Hopewell Junction on November 5, 2022.
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At Hopewell Junction he addressed around 200 supporters through a megaphone from the bed of a flag-adorned van, while at Poughkeepsie around 125 showed up.

Zeldin, who won an endorsement from former Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday, was to boast another from Tulsi Gabbard, the former congresswoman from Hawaii who quit the Democratic Party this year, at a evening gathering in the town of Goshen, Orange County.

Earlier, Hochul greeted a group of less than 150 supporters waving signs at the Royal Queen restaurant in Flushing, Queens.

“I’m okay with four more years, that sounds good to me,” she said.

Schumer called Zeldin a
Schumer called Zeldin “an ally of America’s worst president”.
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She appealed to the predominantly Asian group, calling Zeldin’s “shameful” refusal to endorse a bill targeting Asian hate crimes introduced by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens).

” Who do this ? What kind of person won’t stand with this community when it’s under attack? It’s shameful,” Hochul said.

But on her first stop of the day, a disorganized stop at Queens’ Sunnyside Greenmarket, the Governor struggled to be heard above the shouts of a rowdy woman who called her “Freedom” and waved a handwritten sign. slamming Hochul for the tragic death of a young mother killed by her ex on bail.

Hochul at a campaign event in Queens.
Hochul at a campaign event in Queens.
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“Say her name Kathy Keaira Bennefield / Dead without cash bail,” read the sign, as the woman shouted “Vote for law and order” and “Vote Lee Zeldin.”

“This woman died because of Kathy Hochul,” the protester told a reporter. “Where is the outrage? »

Hochul ignored cat calls as she strolled through the market, stopping at one point to buy a pack of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from a Hudson Valley bakery.

Hochul holding a supporter's baby at a rally in Queens.
Hochul holding a supporter’s baby at a rally in Queens.
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The governor had better luck getting her message across during a stop at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club in St. Albans, where she slammed Zeldin as “one of Trump’s biggest supporters” in front of about 140 members. of the party waving placards.

“He’s an election denier, he’s a climate change denier, he’s a suffrage denier, and now he’s also a women’s rights denier,” she claimed about of his opponent. “Is that him you want as governor of New York State?” I say no, and I say hell no.

The rush of activity at the end of Hochul’s largely hands-off campaign came as Politico reported that an internal campaign poll gave the governor less than 50% of the vote – a dangerous position for any incumbent.

Hochul attacked Zeldin for supporting former President Donald Trump at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club in St. Albans.
Hochul attacked Zeldin for supporting former President Donald Trump at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club in St. Albans.
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“Any election can turn out differently,” Hochul told reporters during a stop at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. “That’s why I’m here.”

The governor insisted that “the tide is turning” in the countryside.

Hochul supporters gathered in Queens.
Hochul supporters gathered in Queens ahead of Election Day.
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“I have what it takes to be the governor of this state and not set us back,” she said.

Later Saturday, Hochul was scheduled to appear at Manhattan’s Stonewall National Monument with Bravo TV host/producer Andy Cohen in a bid to increase LGBTQ participation.

“You want to take away the rights of my LGBTQ community?” Hochul asked the crowd. “Well, you have to go through me first.”

Cohen, for his part, denounced Zeldin as a “climate change denier” who “voted against same-sex marriage” while a member of the state legislature.

“I’m thrilled to be here doing one of my favorite things: trolling someone who really deserves it,” Cohen said.

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