(FiveNation.com)- Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) called Lee Zeldin’s strong but failed to show in Tuesday’s election a “wake-up call” for Democrats. Zeldin was the Republican Party’s nominee for governor of New York.
In an interview with presenter John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM’s “Cats at Night” radio show, Cuomo remarked that Zeldin was a one-issue candidate on crime, and in the regions of the state where crime isn’t a pressing issue, he didn’t resonate.
He said it was the closest race since George Pataki, “but to reach within 5 points, that’s a big wake-up call.”
Democrats have lost valuable congressional seats as a result of it.
In the heavily blue state of New York, Kathy Hochul, who succeeded Cuomo after the latter resigned after claims of sexual harassment, won the contest for governor but led Zeldin by just 5.8 percentage points.
Cuomo was reelected in 2018 with a margin of victory of more than 20 percentage points, and Hochul ran alongside him on the party’s ticket.
Zeldin was a “rabid conservative,” Cuomo told the station. He said Zeldin is on the wrong side of marriage equality, and he’s on the wrong side of guns. “It’s amazing that he was within 5 points,” Cuomo noted.
The director of the House Democrats’ reelection campaign, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.), failed to win reelection after switching to a different district once new maps were authorized.
Republicans also triumphed in a number of tight contests on Long Island, including Zeldin’s current House seat, for which he chose not to run for reelection instead of governor.
The Republican victories, according to Cuomo, demonstrate that Democrats cannot be “crime deniers,” a charge he had leveled shortly before Tuesday’s midterm elections.
On the radio program, Cuomo claimed that “there wasn’t a red wave.” However, there is a “crime wave.”
The scandal-ridden governor did not mention what Cuomo did to deter crime on his watch. Whatever Hichul inherited was the result of the pompous Cuomo’s policies.
The Cuomos always think they are the smartest people in the room. People like that are usually, in many ways, the dumbest.