As polls show the race narrowing ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, Gov. Hochul’s campaign is ratcheting up the heat with a pair of new ads targeting her Republican competitor Rep. Lee Zeldin.
One of the new TV ads from the incumbent Democrat’s campaign portrays Zeldin as “radical and dangerous,” highlighting his ties to former President Donald Trump, opposition to abortion rights, and vote to overturn the 2020 election results.
A second commercial depicts a mom whose son was shot during the May mass shooting in Buffalo, and it emphasizes Hochul’s record of strengthening New York’s gun restrictions in reaction to the tragedy.
The Trafalgar Group poll shows Hochul with a 4% edge over Zeldin, a far smaller margin than the double-digit lead the incumbent Democrat had in an early August Siena College poll.
The new Hochul advertisements follow in the footsteps of state Democrats who have pounded Zeldin for his ties to Trump and long-standing anti-abortion attitude.
Hochul slammed Zeldin on Tuesday when she was asked about the Republican congressman’s choice to conduct a fund-raiser with Trump in nearby New Jersey over the weekend.
“That’s just something that he’ll have to explain to the voters of New York. That’s not going to go well,” Hochul said.
“People in New York understand our values, and Donald Trump never has, never will represent them,” Hochul added.