(Headline USA) Democrat New York Gov. Kathy Hochul turned to leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., for help to drum up enthusiasm for her campaign on Monday as Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., closes in on her lead.
Ocasio-Cortez joined Hochul at a campaign event in Queens on Tuesday as voters began heading to the polls. Hochul’s closing message to voters was to remind them that Zeldin supported former President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the 2020 election, according to ABC News.
Full day cross-crossing NYC for @KathyHochul on #ElectionDay, race closer than expected. 8 campaign stops, 7 before noon. Here in Queens with @AOC. Hochul reminding voters her opponent voted against certifying Biden presidency and his role in Jan. 6th insurrection. pic.twitter.com/gBlsbGBrZr
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) November 8, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez’s main attacks on Zeldin were that he is “anti-choice” and that he “doesn’t believe in democracy.”
AOC is out campaigning for Kathy Hochul right now. Her main attacks on Lee Zeldin are “he’s anti-choice,” “he doesn’t believe in democracy” and he “worked to overturn the presidential election in 2020.” New Yorkers, please don’t be played. These issues are barely relevant to us.
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) November 8, 2022
Meanwhile, Zeldin earned an endorsement from New York City’s “naked cowboy,” whose real name is Robert John Burck. The singer took to Times Square on Monday with a customized song for the GOP candidate.
“Lee Zeldin for governor of New York. This one-party Democratic rule clearly doesn’t work. Gonna restore law and order, repeal the cashless bail,” Naked Cowboy sang, according to Fox News. “Fire all the woke DA’s who won’t put these thugs in jail. Reduce taxes and regulations. Build the economy.”
“Before more wealthy New Yorkers take their tax dollars and flee. Stop teaching CRT and gender fluidity. Stick with math and science and the ABC’s,” he continued.
Zeldin has narrowed Hochul’s lead considerably in the past several weeks. He has hit her hard on crime, accusing her of standing by and watching as leftist New York City district attorney Alvin Bragg releases violent criminals back into the streets.
Hochul responded to Zeldin’s criticisms by downplaying the issue of rising crime rates, accusing him of “hyperventilating” about violent crime.
“All the legitimate media organizations have called him out for what he is doing — fear-mongering,” she said this weekend. “That’s not just here in New York. That has been the Republican playbook all across this country.”