The political battle between New York Governor Kathy Hochul and her challenger, Rep. Lee Zelden, has become more intense and heated.
Hochul’s reelection campaign is blasting her Republican challenger over allegations of petition fraud.
According to reports, the Democratic incumbent’s campaign manager says New Yorkers deserve answers about more than 11,000 petition signatures that were allegedly photocopied to allow Rep. Lee Zeldin to run on the Independence Party line in addition to the GOP ticket in the fall general election.
Hochul’s campaign manager, Brian Lenzmeier, revealed that Zeldin of Long Island had voted against approving the 2020 presidential election results.
Lenzmeier said Zeldin was a big advocate of false claims that former President Donald Trump stole the contest.
“After leading efforts to throw out the 2020 presidential election results over baseless conspiracy theories, Lee Zeldin is now implicated in an actual case of alleged election fraud, and this time it’s real,” Lenzmeier said.
“New Yorkers deserve to know how more than 11,000 photocopied petition signatures were submitted on behalf of Zeldin’s campaign and who oversaw the process,” Lenzmeier added.
It can be recalled that last month, the state Board of Elections tossed out almost 13,000 signatures for Zeldin to get on the Independence Party line.
At the moment, Democratic state Sen. Zellnor Myrie of Brooklyn has already filed a complaint with Albany County District Attorney David Soares asking for an investigation into more than 11,000 of the petitions.
At the moment, Zeldin has yet to comment on the allegations made by his opponent’s camp.