Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin on Thursday shot down as “unacceptable” Gov. Kathy Hochul’s bid to have only one debate earlier than the election, saying her response was woefully insufficient for New York state voters to listen to their positions on necessary points.
“I’m rejecting that provide and I’m suggesting that the governor wants to return again with a suggestion to do a number of debates throughout your entire state,” Zeldin stated throughout a press briefing.
“One debate is unacceptable. I’m calling on Kathy Hochul to return out of hiding.”
After facing “Scaredy Kat” criticism for weeks, Hochul on Wednesday lastly agreed to face Zeldin on Oct. 25, at a debate co-sponsored by Tempo College and cable TV’s Spectrum Information NY1 — simply 4 days earlier than the beginning of early voting on Oct. 29.
Zeldin has beforehand accepted presents by CBS-2 and PIX-11 to debate Hochul on TV.
However Hochul’s marketing campaign has not accepted these presents and stated Thursday the governor was standing agency on a single, one-hour debate on NY1.
Hochul has been forward of Zeldin within the polls since changing disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo following his August 2021 resignation amid a litany of scandals together with alleged sexual misconduct, which he has denied.
“Governor Hochul seems ahead to debating on Oct. 25 and highlighting the clear distinction between her sturdy report of delivering outcomes and Lee Zeldin’s excessive agenda,” her marketing campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey stated.
Different closely favored Democratic incumbents are taking the identical tack as Hochul by agreeing to just one debate, if any in any respect.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer has tentatively agreed to at least one televised debate with GOP opponent Joe Pinion on October 30 — 8 days earlier than Election Day — co-hosted by Spectrum Information/NY1 — sources stated. Schumer, first elected to the Senate in 1998, is operating for a fifth time period.
“The controversy has been scheduled. We’re engaged on the main points,” stated Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro.
Pinion, who confirmed the tentative face-off on Oct. 30, stated, “One debate, eight days earlier than the election, is a slap within the face to the voters.”
A supply near NY1 stated “nothing has been confirmed” concerning the senatorial debate.
In the meantime, Republican candidate for state attorney general Michael Henry slammed Democrat incumbent AG Letitia James for refusing to conform to a debate. James, who’s searching for a second time period, made massive waves Wednesday by submitting a $250 million lawsuit towards former President Donald Trump, his youngsters Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., and the Trump Group — alleging “staggering” fraud within the household actual property enterprise.
Henry spokeswoman Candice Giove stated James’ marketing campaign has not responded to queries about showing collectively on the controversy stage. “We’ve gotten no reply,” she stated.
The James marketing campaign had no speedy remark.
Elsewhere, Republican candidate for state comptroller, Paul Rodriguez, is in talks with Democrat incumbent Tom DiNapoli to debate a minimum of as soon as, based on Rodriguez’s spokesman, John Burnett.