Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Suffolk) is including former Vice President Mike Pence to the checklist of Republican leaders backing his marketing campaign for governor forward of the June 28 main election.
“Proud to endorse @leezeldin for Governor of New York on the @cpnys right this moment! He’s a Lt Col within the Military Reserve, proud supporter of our law enforcement officials, advocate for fogeys’ rights in training & a fiscal Conservative who will combat for decrease taxes, much less regulation & extra freedom!” Pence tweeted Wednesday night time.
The previous VP introduced his help for the Lengthy Island Republican at a Wednesday occasion in Manhattan hosted by the state Conservative Celebration after beforehand internet hosting a fundraiser in Zeldin’s honors earlier within the yr.
Endorsements, polls and fundraising recommend Zeldin has a lead within the race towards former White Home staffer Andrew Giuliani, businessman Harry Wilson and former Westchester Government Rob Astorino.
Each the state Republican and Conservative events have formally endorsed Zeldin in addition to GOP elected officers like Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
However the race nonetheless stays up within the air with days to go.
Pence formally obtained behind Zeldin a day after the ultimate debate among the many GOP candidates the place he confronted an onslaught of assaults over his file as a state senator and member of Congress.
“Does VP Pence know that Lee Zeldin as soon as touted Andrew Cuomo for president and whereas within the state senate was a dependable vote for Cuomo? Both means, it’s going to haven’t any impact on the race,” Astorino texted Wednesday whereas echoing earlier assaults on Zeldin voting in favor of a state price range as a senator.
Giuliani likewise tried to show the Pence endorsement towards Zeldin.
“Definitely we’ve picked up lots of patriot teams in Suffolk County as nicely, that weren’t pleased with the Pence fundraiser and the [Rep. Andrew] Garbarino endorsement. I’m positive they’re not going to be very comfortable about Pence endorsement now at this level,” Giuliani mentioned.
Former President Donald Trump, who reportedly agreed with calls to hold Pence after his VP refused to assist overturn the 2020 election, has but to select sides within the race regardless of efforts by Zeldin, Giuliani and Astorino.
“We will likely be speaking right here within the subsequent couple of days,” Giuliani mentioned.
The 4 candidates have been requested to select sides between Trump and Pence at a Tuesday night time debate hosted by Newsmax.
“How would you describe your self politically, on a scale from, Pence to Trump?” moderator Eric Bolling asked.
Giuliani mentioned he was between Trump and his well-known father, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani whereas Astorino talked about that he had defended Trump prior to now on CNN.
Wilson emphasised his id as a small authorities conservative whereas Zeldin mentioned he particularly tried to fulfill Pence and Trump lovers alike.
“It doesn’t matter what the 2 names are that you simply’d point out, it’s vital to all the time be my very own man,” Zeldin mentioned.