GOP's Rep. Lee Zeldin announces run for governor of New York

Lee Zeldin Photo: Republican National Convention. Lee Zeldin

Updated: April 08, 2021 08:56 AM
Created: April 08, 2021 08:26 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) — New York Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin Thursday announced he is making a run for governor in 2022. He is the first politician to officially throw their hat in the ring.

The Long-Island area rep. confirmed the news in a series of Tweets.

"I'll bring the kind of relentless, fighting spirit towards helping to save our state that Cuomo reserves for multi-million dollar self-congratulatory book deals, cover-ups, abuse & self-dealing," Zeldin wrote.

Other Republicans who have said they are considering seeking the Republican nomination for New York governor include Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former aide in the Trump administration.

Cuomo has not officially announced he would be seeking reelection. 

Several lawmakers, including top Democrats, have called for Cuomo to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as criticism over his administration's handling of nursing home deaths. Investigations by both NY Attorney General Letitia James and the state's Assembly Judiciary Committee are ongoing.

Zeldin, a loyal ally to former President Donald Trump during the Republican's time in office, did not mention Trump in his statement announcing his gubernatorial run.

Zeldin is an Army veteran who has represented New York’s 1st congressional district since 2015. He served two terms in the state Senate before that.

Cuomo has maintained he will not resign and has stressed waiting until the investigations are complete. His office has not issued a response to Zeldin's announcement.

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