In his latest ad in the run for the Gubernatorial race in New York, Republican candidate Lee Zeldin, who has always maintained an anti-abortion stance, said he “will not” move to overturn New York’s abortion rights law if elected governor.
Seemingly in response to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s ads that have been trying to paint Zeldin as an extremist who would take away a woman’s right to choose over his pro-life position, Zeldin, in his latest 30-sec ad, looks directly into the camera to address the issue first-hand.
“Let me be clear. As governor, I will not change and could not change New York’s abortion law. Hochul already knows that. But she tried to deceive you anyhow, which tells you everything you’ll ever need to know about Kathy Hochul.”
The ad starts off with Zeldin claiming that Hochul has been using the issue to distract voters from her record on rising crime due to bail reforms and other factors, accusations of pay-to-play corruption, and the sky-high cost of living under a Biden administration that she supports.
“Kathy Hochul knows, the more you focus on her record — rising crime, pay-to-play corruption, higher cost of living — the less you’ll want her as governor. So she needs to change the subject. Her latest attempt — trying to deceive New Yorkers about abortion,” Zeldin’s voiceover says over images of Hochul before he makes his “will not change” pledge.
In response to the Zeldin ad, Hochul’s spokesperson said that the Zeldin ad is a “flip-flop” and a desperate attempt to walk away from his anti-abortion record weeks before the Nov. 8 election. “Zeldin is desperate because he knows his anti-abortion agenda is disqualifying. Voters will see right through this pathetic lie and will never vote for a far-right extremist like Lee Zeldin who celebrated the overturning of Roe and vowed to appoint a pro-life health commissioner,” said Hochul campaign spokeswoman Jen Goodman.