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Stop taking part in rooster, Gov. Hochul, and agree on dates to debate Lee Zeldin


Election Day is eight weeks from subsequent Tuesday; early voting begins six weeks from Saturday — but Gov. Kathy Hochul has but to conform to a single date for even one debate together with her opponent, Rep. Lee Zeldin.

In her attribute never-take-a-real-stand approach to nearly the whole lot, she’s stated she’s open to debating . . . with out committing to something remotely concrete.

What are you afraid of, governor?

Much like her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, who dodged debates in his run for re-election, Hochul is appearing like a rooster.

Even Pennsylvania’s John Fetterman, nonetheless unable to talk correctly as he recovers from a stroke, has agreed to a debate along with his Senate opponent, Mehmet Oz, on Oct. 25.

Hochul has no excuse, actually not discovering time in her not-so-busy schedule: The major was again on June 28, and third-party gives to host debates began rolling in instantly. Many of these dates have already handed whereas Hochul hemmed and hawed, however a minimum of two main ones (from CBS2 News and PIX 11) are on the desk now — and Zeldin’s already agreed.

New York Post cowl for Sept. 16.
Hochul leads Zeldin in the polls by single-digits amounts in multiple recent polls.

Lee Zeldin has demanded that Gov. Hochul debate him.
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Heck, Kat — simply identify three or 4 cheap dates and occasions (not a Sunday morning or different you-don’t-want-anyone-watching gambits, please), and it’ll occur.

New York is in tough form:

  • nonetheless not recovered from the pandemic and lockdowns with residents and jobs persevering with to flee
  • struggling rampant crime statewide
  • dealing with large price range deficits beginning subsequent yr
  • bracing for hovering home-heating payments this winter, up a minimum of 30%

. . . to call only a few of essentially the most pressing points.

New Yorkers need to know what their governor will do about all of it. (They actually can’t inform from what you’ve informed them to this point, together with in your nothing-but-platitudes web site.) Indeed, they deserve to fulfill their governor — who inherited the job when the man who selected her as his No. 2 was pushed from workplace.

Show your face, governor. Confront your opponent; inform us the place you stand and the place you imply to steer.

Even if you happen to suppose hiding out is your greatest likelihood to win, it’ll be an empty victory. You received’t be capable of obtain something (past rewarding your donors) if you happen to win as an empty swimsuit: The Legislature and particular pursuits will proceed to eat you alive.

Playing rooster is a assure that you just’ll go down in historical past as an utter catastrophe.

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