One of the region’s leading Republican voices has thrown their support behind Rep. Lee Zeldin in his bid for New York State governor.
In a straw poll taken on Monday, June 28, at an Albany meeting, an overwhelming 85 percent of county Republican leaders, including Ontario County Republican Committee Chair Trisha Turner, said they backed Zeldin. Westchester County Executive and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino received only five percent and Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew, did not garner any support. Ten percent of the leaders abstained.
The leaders are backing Zeldin to take on three-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo or another Democrat next year.
“Party leadership is witnessing an impressive groundswell of support for a strong and viable candidate to challenge Gov. Cuomo,” said Turner. “Lee Zeldin is answering the call, giving hope for a candidate that inspires a real grassroots movement leading to success in 2022. New Yorkers are ready to take back their state from the radical policies and politicians who have eroded their state.”
Turner serves as the Finger Lakes Regional Vice-Chair and the Chair of the Ontario County Republican Committee. She also serves as the Seventh Judicial District Director of the federation and the president of the New York State Federation of Republican Women and the Ontario County Women’s Republican Club. She also serves as the regional director of the Finger Lakes for the NYS Assembly Conference.
“Since announcing our candidacy for governor, together we’ve built a groundswell of support inside and outside of politics from every corner of our state,” Zeldin said. “For so many New Yorkers, this is a last chance to Save Our State, to return New York from the brink and restore it to glory. Today’s vote underscores that the Republican Party is united in this mission, and in November 2022, we will win because we have to win.”