Governor Kathy Hochul’s campaign released another round of digital ads on Wednesday as she continues to lambaste Republican rival Rep. Lee Zeldin over the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the right to abortion.
Zeldin, meanwhile, pointed to the population loss at the helm of the country and pledged to reverse it if elected governor.
Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates enter a final two-month sprint for the general election this week. Hochul’s campaign has triggered a $2 million ad buy that will appear on digital platforms and on television.
Ads released on Wednesday spilled Zeldin on abortion as well as a vote against certifying President Joe Biden’s election. Zeldin has raised funds from former President Donald Trump and hasn’t ruled out campaigning with him.
“Zeldin always stands with dangerous politicians, undermines our elections and puts their agenda first,” Hochul says in its ad.
Zeldin has sought to challenge Hochul on a range of issues, from state economics to public safety issues. He also captured the state’s loss of population, which accelerated since the pandemic.
“New York leads the entire nation in population loss because New Yorkers are reaching their breaking point in this state,” he said during a layover in Rochester. “They feel like their pocketbooks, their security, their freedom, the quality of their education is under attack. They feel like if they go to another state – the Carolinas, Texas – their money will go further and they will be safer.”