Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hit the campaign trail in Long Island Saturday, far from his familiar home territory, to lift the candidacy of Rep. Lee Zeldin for New York governor. His message was simple: elect the GOP candidate and transform the Empire State.
Declaring himself as a “law-and-order leader,” the potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate told the enthusiastic audience that New Yorkers could have the same security that Florida residents enjoy.
The transformation DeSantis referred to was crime. Proclaiming that Florida is a “law-and-order” state, the governor noted the top thing he hears about New York, particularly NYC, is that people are fed up with criminal activity.
If New York voters elect Zeldin, he said, they will also have a safer and more secure place to live.
NY deserves a leader who will restore law & order. @leezeldin is the man for the job.
Lee will also protect NYers against irrational & liberty-infringing COVID mandates.
The Zeldin victory on Nov 8th will be a shot heard ‘round the world!
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) October 30, 2022
DeSantis told the massive crowd that their issues with criminals are “self-inflicted.” If governments slash police budgets, eliminate cash bail and tolerate “rogue prosecutors” who ignore laws they disagree with, you will absolutely end up with cities that are not as safe.
DeSantis also joked with the audience that real estate surged in South Florida when Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City.
The solutions are within your grasp, the Florida governor said. End the practice of releasing criminals back onto the streets. If you do the crime, you do the time.
The concern of the government should be more “on supporting the rights of the victims of crime” and much less on the rights of criminals. If elected, DeSantis said that Zeldin will not coddle these people but instead will make them accountable.
The result is a safer New York.
Democratic incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul has steadfastly refused to reverse the no cash bail policy enacted by now-disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Many critics lay the blame for surging crime on the revolving door for criminals that this protocol produced.
Zeldin has pledged to remove controversial Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg from office if he is elected. The GOP challenger in recent weeks has closed the gap between him and Hochul in what is traditionally a deep-blue enclave.