Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a prime Democrat within the Home, backed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s gubernatorial bid Sunday, including to her lengthy listing of endorsements from New York lawmakers.
Jeffries — a front-runner to exchange Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she leaves Congress — mentioned Hochul had “hit the bottom working” since changing disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August.
“Governor Hochul has confirmed herself to be a tireless advocate for all New Yorkers and is devoted to addressing the wants of working households,” he mentioned in a press launch. “From creating good-paying jobs to retaining our communities protected and getting our colleges again on observe, Governor Hochul has hit the bottom working to construct a New York that leaves nobody behind.”
“She is the correct selection for governor and I’m proud to endorse her for a full time period,” added Jeffries, who represents swaths of Brooklyn and Queens.
Hochul — who revealed shortly earlier than taking workplace she would search a full time period because the state’s chief government — welcomed Jeffries’ assist forward of the June Democratic major.
“I’m honored to be endorsed by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries whose management in Congress has benefited households throughout New York and the nation,” she mentioned in a ready assertion.
“Hakeem has a confirmed observe file of getting issues executed and championing insurance policies that make his district a greater place to reside, work and lift a household,” the governor added. “I’m grateful to have Congressman Jeffries’ assist and sit up for constructing on our progress to ship outcomes for New Yorkers.”
A number of different Democratic members of New York Metropolis’s congressional delegation have backed Hochul as Cuomo has each publicly and privately indicated he’s contemplating launching a longshot try to oust her.
On Thursday, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) endorsed the sitting governor, touting her “confirmed file preventing for New Yorkers,” a day after Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Higher Manhattan) did so whereas praising her “work ethic, dedication, and a dedication.”
Rep. Gregory Meeks, the Queens Democratic Social gathering boss, and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Higher West Aspect) have additionally lately backed Hochul.
Within the Democratic major, Hochul presently faces a subject that features Public Advocate Jumaane Williams to her left and Rep. Tom Suozzi of Lengthy Island to her proper.
Hochul has a snug lead in most polls, although a latest Emerson Faculty survey reveals the scandal-scarred Cuomo would path his former working mate by simply 4 factors ought to he enter the Democratic major race.
In November’s basic election, Hochul will possible face Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Lengthy Island), who in June will compete in opposition to a crop of Republican major candidates that features Andrew Giuliani, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s son, and GOP businessman and former state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson.