Trump Joins Lee Zeldin Fundraiser to Land Biggest Heist Yet

Donald Trump appeared at a fundraiser for New York Republican Lee Zeldin as the congressman hopes to claim a shocking midterm victory over New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The former president spoke at Sunday’s fundraiser at the home of the Chera real estate family in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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Pictured in this combination image are New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (left) in June 2021, former President Donald Trump (center) on September 3, 2022, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin (right) on August 3, 2022 in Brighton Beach. Trump appeared at a fundraiser for Zeldin trying to defeat Hochul.

According to that New York PostThe event managed to raise $1.5 million for Zeldin’s campaign for governor ahead of the November 8 election.

Trump did not endorse Zeldin prior to his GOP primary win in June, but has now joined the candidate on his campaign path as polls suggest Zeldin is fast closing the gap with Hochul.

Trump has endorsed candidates who have done well so far this mid-election year, while his critics, such as Liz Cheney, vice chair of the Representatives Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, have fared poorly.

Trump said at the fundraiser that Zeldin helped him survive “number one impeachment scam and number two impeachment scam and many scams,” citing his unsuccessful efforts to overturn the Zeldin-backed 2020 election results.

“I had these maniacs against me. He was one of those great voices,” Trump said Sunday in a recording purchased by the United States New York Post. “Go support Lee Zeldin.”

Hochul’s lead over Zeldin was reduced to just over 4 percentage points, with the incumbent beating her GOP challenger by 47.8 to 43.4, according to a Trafalgar Group poll conducted Tuesday-Thursday.

In comparison, a SurveyUSA/WNYT poll of 1,200 New York City adults conducted Aug. 17-21 gave Hochul a 24-point lead over Zeldin, 55 to 31 percent.

Another Siena College poll of 806 likely voters, released Aug. 2, gave Hochul another double-digit lead over Zeldin, with the former winning 53 to 39 percent.

Zeldin has found himself losing Hochul’s lead in the polls, and he could still claim a shock victory in a state that has been mostly Democratic for the past four decades.

New York has voted for a Democratic governor in the last four elections, with George E. Pataki (from 1995 to 2006) being the only Republican to hold the office since the mid-1970s. The state has also not elected a GOP president since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

“This latest poll shows that New Yorkers are starting to realize who the real Kathy Hochul is, a corrupt, contactless, weak governor who is pushing the state in the wrong direction,” Zeldin said in a statement after the Trafalgar poll was released Group gives Hochul a four-point lead.

“This poll underscores our unprecedented momentum and Team Zeldin is NOT slowing down. There is no borough too big or too small, and we will continue to reach New Yorkers across our state who are reaching their breaking point under one-party rule and Kathy Hochul.

Zeldin said, “On November 8th, we will FIRE Kathy Hochul and make New York shine again.”

Ahead of the New Jersey fundraiser, Gov. Hochul accused Zeldin on Twitter of continuing to “embrace his party’s most far-right fringe elements.”

The congressman was among 147 Republicans who objected to confirming the results of the 2020 presidential election following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

“If you fanned the flames and spread the hatred that led to the January 6 riot, you are not a leader and you have no place to lead New York. End of story,” Hochul tweeted.

news week asked Zeldin for comment. Trump Joins Lee Zeldin Fundraiser to Land Biggest Heist Yet

Rick Schindler

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