October 3, 2022
From The New York State Democrat Chair Jay Jacobs:
Five Times Lee Zeldin Lied on the Campaign Trail
New York, NY – As election day draws near in New York, Lee Zeldin has made it his mission to lie and mislead voters on various policy positions in order to save his flailing campaign.
Here are the top five times “Lyin’ Lee” has recently lied on the campaign trail:
Claim #1: “I’m not standing here today proposing to roll back [abortion policies]. I’m not planning to roll back that law,” Zeldin said on New York Public Radio.
Truth: In a new questionnaire from the Long Island Coalition for Life, Zeldin pledged to deny taxpayer funding for abortion, deny funding for Planned Parenthood, and reaffirmed his support for abortion bans without exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
Claim #2: Last week, Zeldin falsely claimed to be on the Independence Party line in a new internal poll.
Truth: Zeldin was kicked off of the third-party line for fraudulently submitting more than 11,000 photocopied petition signatures, and he is now at the center of a criminal investigation.
Claim #3: Zeldin released a campaign ad showing footage of violent crimes that the narrator claimed occurred in “Kathy Hochul’s New York.”
Truth: More than half of the incidents depicted in the ad occurred before Governor Hochul took office – and one incident didn’t take place in New York at all but instead happened in Oakland, California, showing the lengths Zeldin will go to mislead voters to push his fear mongering agenda. His ad also pushed the bounds of common decency, featuring an image of Saheed Vassell, a mentally ill man who was controversially slain in 2018, moments before his death. Vassell’s family and State Senator Zellnor Myrie condemned Zeldin’s ad as “dehumanizing” and demanded an apology, which the Zeldin campaign of course did not provide.
Claim #4: After the armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Zeldin claimed that he objected to the certification of the presidential election because of “rogue election officials” and ballot irregularities in Arizona and Pennsylvania due to changes made to enable voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Truth: According to the Times Union, the changes to the mail-in ballot rules were “expressly approved by governors and state legislatures, and courts generally found them legal and constitutional”; Zeldin’s hyperbolic assertions “were determined to be unfounded and have since been debunked.”
Claim #5: In a recent press release, Zeldin falsely claimed Governor Hochul used executive powers to ban gas-powered vehicles in New York by 2035.
Truth: It was actually the New York State Legislature that passed a bill setting the emissions goal in September of last year, putting New York on a path to require all new passenger cars and light-duty trucks to be zero-emission models by 2035. Zeldin has also routinely misled New Yorkers with false promises about what he’d do with executive powers, showing he doesn’t get how Albany works.