Governor Kathy Hochul of New York, who has painted herself as a moderate, is now relying on support from far-left Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Hochul is locked in a close race against Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin. Over the last few months, Hochul has steered clear of focusing on her agenda, choosing instead to attack Zeldin in a non-stop smear campaign.
Olivia Land; November 8, 2022
Incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to team up for a campaign rally with woke Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday morning, despite her past vows to be a more moderate voice of the Democratic Party.
The event is set to be one of the highlights of Hochul’s packed day, as she schmoozes with New York City officials to make a final pitch to voters in her race against Republican challenger Lee Zeldin.
The rally, which is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the Woodside subway station in Queens, will also feature state Sen. Michael Gianaris, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Council Member Julie Won.
Ocasio-Cortez is a surprising choice of ally for Hochul, who previously claimed to be a traditional “Biden Democrat.”
Rather than focusing on touting her own agenda, Hochul also spent most of the last few months smearing Zeldin as a far-right nightmare.
In the hours before polls opened, Hochul was still harping about Zeldin’s “extreme MAGA agenda” instead of addressing major issues like crime or inflation.
“Donald Trump may be announcing his campaign for president as soon as next week. If and when he does, let’s make sure New York doesn’t have an election-denying, Trump ally as governor,” she tweeted late Monday.
In late October, The Post reported on Democrats’ concerns about Hochul’s fumbling campaign, which saw her and Zeldin neck-and-neck in a historically solid-blue state. “Her campaign seems like a hot mess on the best of days. All they know how to do is use people like ATMs,” one insider said at the time.
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