Long Island’s Newsday reports:
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin said Tuesday he’s testing the waters for a campaign for governor next year as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faces a state investigation into sexual harassment accusations and a federal probe over his handling of the pandemic.
Zeldin, a fourth-term congressman from Shirley, said he will begin calling Republican party leaders, including county and borough chairs as well as current and former elected officials and others, to assess the prospects of a race. Cuomo has said he intends to run for a fourth term.
“After a lot of people reached out to me in recent days and weeks and after discussing it at length with my wife and daughters, I am now actively exploring a run for governor of New York against Andrew Cuomo in 2022,” Zeldin said in a phone interview.
Read the full article. Zeldin was among the GOP House reps who signed onto a lawsuit seeking to overturn the result of the presidential election. You may recall him as Trump’s loudest defender during the first impeachment trial, to the point where he is mentioned over 550 times in Ukraine-related deposition transcripts. Longtime JMG readers may also remember Zeldin as an ugly opponent of same-sex marriage during his time in the New York Senate.