Hailing the recent “red wave” in New York state that saw the “most Republican House delegation since the mid 90s,” former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called out the “hypocrisy” over Rep. George Santos, noting that President Biden “spent his entire political career lying about himself,” with many Democrats receiving a “total free pass” for falsifying their backgrounds, while suggesting Biden’s recent classified document scandal set the White House up for “failure” after its handling of the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Zeldin also insisted Republicans erred in assuming “neutrality” on the issue of abortion during the 2022 midterm elections instead of being on the “offense.”
In an interview with Steve Malzberg on his eponymous radio program on TNT Radio on Thursday, Zeldin, a former gubernatorial candidate from New York State who came within six points of defeating Gov. Kathy Hochul last fall and whose competitive campaign helped many others win seats in the Empire State, asserted that he had “zero” regrets over his decision to leave his seat to run for governor.
“For 19 months, we gave it our all [and] fought the good fight throughout the State of New York and got more votes than any Republican statewide in 52 years,” he said. “Despite there not being a red wave nationally, we were able to fight hard to make sure there was at least a red wave here in the state.”
Zeldin noted that “if it was a status quo congressional election in New York, we’d be sending six Republicans down to D.C. at the start of this session a couple weeks ago, and instead we sent 11 Republicans down.”