SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga County Republican Committee has endorsed Long Island U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin to run for governor in 2022.
The committee is the latest to endorse Zeldin, a conservative supporter of former President Donald J. Trump. Zeldin has taken a quick lead in the contest to be the Republican candidate challenging embattled Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2022, should Cuomo seek re-election.
“Saratoga County has been hurt by the radical liberal policies coming out of Albany, and hard-working families up and down New York state have had enough,” said county Republican Chairman Carl Zeilman. “New Yorkers have a phenomenal opportunity in November 2022 to help turn our state around by electing Lee Zeldin our next governor. On day one Lee will restore law and order, start rebuilding our economy and begin to save our state.”
Zeldin, who announced his run for governor in early April, visited Saratoga Springs last Monday and had lunch with Zeilman and other local leaders. On Thursday, county Conservative Party Chairman Robert Zordan endorsed Zeldin.
To date, Zeldin has been endorsed by Republican chairmen in 33 counties, including Schenectady, Montgomery and Schoharie counties. Zeldin’s campaign says he already has enough support to win the nomination.
This week, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who ran against Cuomo in 2014, officially entered the race for the GOP nomination. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran for governor in 2018, has also indicated an interest in running again. The candidates would square off in the Republican primary.
Cuomo, despite being beset by several scandals, has indicated he will run for a fourth four-year term in 2022.