It’s being reported that State Attorney Gen. Letitia James has gotten the word out to several high-powered political donors and union leaders that she will challenge the neophyte and vulnerable-looking Gov. Kathy Hochul for the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary. If I were a political strategist for the New York Republican Party, I’d be waiting in the tall grass ready to pounce.
As I see it, the moment the Democrats make it official that there will be a Democratic primary challenge for their incumbent governor, the New York GOP leadership should make a corresponding announcement that GOP frontrunner Lee Zeldin will be awarded the gubernatorial nomination without a primary battle.
Zeldin — who is riding a personal six-election winning streak coming into this campaign and is giving up his “sure thing” congressional seat for the greater good of rescuing New York from Democratic one-party rule — deserves every break and advantage his party can afford him.
And what better way than forgoing a costly and bruising primary battle while the Democrats bloody each other? It would definitely flip the script on who is the established incumbent and who is the vulnerable challenger. And Zeldin could focus all his time, energy and resources on the general election and pulling off this upset in the bluest of blue states.
EUGENE R. DUNN