The New York Post editorial board declared that The Empire State is “on the edge of a cliff” and cautioned that the coming fall election “may be the last chance to pull it back.”
“Residents are fleeing, driven out by raging crime and ever-higher costs of living,” the newspaper said in an editorial published on Thursday. “Progressive policies are making everything worse: disastrous criminal-justice ‘reforms,’ ever-higher taxes, job-killing regulations and an insane ‘climate-action plan’ that guarantees soaring utility bills and regular blackouts.”
And the editorial board has settled on who they believe is the right man — in this case — to save New York: Rep. Lee Zeldin.
“Voters are furious. But November offers a real chance to reject the progressive suicide pact and break the corrupting one-party stranglehold on New York,” the piece said. “The state has, for the first time in a long time, a realistic chance for a Republican governor — and a strong crop of GOP candidates.”
And they are convinced that Zeldin is “the best choice to not just win, but also who has the experience and determination to deliver the needed revolution in the face of howls of protest from a likely Democrat-controlled Legislature.”
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— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) June 17, 2022
The Republican entered the race for governor in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a wide margin and has built support and a “solid war chest,” the board said. They point out that he graduated from Albany Law School, served in the US Army from 2003 to 2007, deploying to Iraq in 2006 with the 82nd Airborne.
“In 2010, he beat an incumbent Democrat to flip a state Senate seat to the GOP; in 2014, he beat another incumbent Dem for a US House seat,” the editorial added, before saying Democrats will try “to make this election about issues not centered on the core concerns of the majority of voters.”
“Zeldin has the best answers on the issues that count,” they wrote. “On crime, he’d roll back recent criminal-justice ‘reforms,’ restoring cash bail and giving judges the power to remand suspects who pose a clear public danger. He’d send serious juvenile offenders to criminal court. He’d remove DAs like Alvin Bragg who refuse to enforce the law, and overhaul the scandalous Board of Parole.”
More from the editorial board:
On the economy, he’d cut taxes across the board, repeal job-killing regulations, slash state spending and restore common sense to New York’s energy policies by ending the lunatic fracking ban and lowering utility bills by making the state energy-independent.
On education, he’d aim to give all students access to quality schools, in part by lifting the cap on charters and expanding advanced and specialized programs as well as technical job-training.
He opposes woke indoctrination, but wants more civics in the classroom.
In noting that the other Republicans running are “fine candidates,” the newspaper commented specifically on Andrew Giuliani.
“Andrew Giuliani has passion but lacks experience; if he wants to follow his father in a career in politics, we suggest he start at something smaller,” they offered.
In conclusion, the editorial board called for unity within the party in “the urgent need to elect a Republican governor to save New York.”
“Indeed, every Republican, independent or Democrat who is sick of the state of this state ought to join together this fall to bring back prosperity, pride and sanity to Albany and the people of the Empire State.”
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