Hochul ducks reporters at West Indian fest as Zeldin closes in

Gov. Hochul dashed away from a Brooklyn parade at this time and ignored a shouted question from The Post — simply days after a shock ballot confirmed underdog challenger Lee Zeldin trailing her by simply 4 factors.

Unlike Mayor Eric Adams, Hochul caught to her head-in-the-sand script and refused to interrupt stride to press the flesh and communicate with reporters whereas marching in the West Indian Day parade alongside Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

And when Hochul — who led a contingent of dignitaries behind a big banner bearing her identify, title and official seal — bought to New York Avenue, earlier than the tip of the route, she peeled off and darted to a ready SUV.

The Democratic governor briefly turned her head in response to a shouted question from The Post asking when she’ll debate Zeldin, an outgoing Republican congressman from Long Island.

But she didn’t answer, bought into the car and was pushed away behind its tinted home windows.

GOP political marketing consultant William O’Reilly, who isn’t working for Zeldin, mentioned, “Gov. Hochul thinks she can run a Rose Garden strategy, but she does so at her own peril.”

Hochul is simply main the gubernatorial race in opposition to Rep. Lee Zeldin by 4 factors, a latest ballot discovered.
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“New Yorkers expect their candidates to debate, and they don’t look kindly on those who try to squirrel out of them,” he mentioned.

“As an unelected governor, Mrs. Hochul has an added obligation to voters, but at this point, she doesn’t seem to care. She thinks she can coast to victory, and that could be a very costly mistake.”

On Aug. 17, Hochul’s marketing campaign mentioned she “looks forward” to going through off in debates in opposition to Zeldin however wouldn’t say if she’ll comply with his plan for 5 debates throughout the Empire State.

The CBS New York and PIX11 TV stations have provided to host and broadcast one debate every.

In a press release following Hochul’s disappearing act Sunday, Zeldin requested, “What is Kathy Hochul so afraid of?”

“She could easily accept the CBS2 and PIX11 debate requests today!” mentioned Zeldin, who appeared very accessible at the identical parade.

Lee Zeldin
Zeldin shook arms with viewers as we walked in the West Indian Day Parade on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
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“Voters deserve the ability to make an informed decision about the future of our state, to learn first hand where the two candidates stand on the issues most important to them and cast their vote accordingly.”

Hochul — who succeeded Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he resigned final year over a sexual harassment scandal and is going through probes of his dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic — has persistently led Zeldin by as a lot as 24 factors in polls forward of the Nov. 8 election.

But survey outcomes launched Saturday by the impartial Trafalgar Group confirmed Hochul with a slim, 47.8%-43.4% lead over Zeldin, with a 2.9% margin of error.

Trafalgar chief pollster Robert Cahaly tweeted that the “numbers are surprising” however mentioned there’s been “a big shift in favor of non incumbents” in the wake of President Biden’s resolution final month to cancel as a lot as $20,000 in scholar debt per borrower.

The earlier ballot relating to the gubernatorial race — which gave Hochul a commanding, 55%-31% edge — was launched on Aug. 23, in the future earlier than Biden’s controversial announcement.

When requested for remark Sunday, Hochul’s marketing campaign recycled its assertion from final month, saying: “As she has in every election throughout her career, Gov. Hochul looks forward to debating Congressman Zeldin this fall.”

“New Yorkers need to hear about Lee Zeldin’s allegiance to the MAGA agenda and far-right record on guns and abortion rights and Gov. Hochul will deliver that message to voters ahead of November,” the assertion added.

Hochul’s marketing campaign wouldn’t say why she ducked questions at the parade and referred that question to her office, which didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

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