(RepublicanDaily.org) – The state of New York has its fair share of problems. Along with urban crowding and a constantly climbing cost of living, the issue of violent crime has become more and more prevalent in recent years. Many people feel the state’s liberal government is at least partially at fault for allowing these problems to flourish, and critics are now taking issue with comments Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) made on this topic.
During her inaugural speech on January 1, 2023, Hochul referred to the growing trend of people leaving New York City and stated it was time to do something about it. She referred to the problem of affordability in the area, claiming New Yorkers were afraid their grandchildren would have to leave because of high costs and stating ordinary people were “struggling to pay rent, food, and gas.” She also noted officials needed to make the state “safer,” saying she would work with “partners [and] mayors” to help ordinary people feel more secure.
However, her remarks are at odds with comments she made on the campaign trail last year. When stumping for fellow Democrat Pat Ryan in his bid to get elected to Congress, Hochul took aim at Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, her gubernatorial election rival, as well as former President Donald Trump and Marc Molinaro, Ryan’s opposition in his special election last year. She stated the three GOP figures needed to “head down to Florida” as they were “not New Yorkers.” This comment is ironic given the fact Florida is one of the most popular destinations for the stream of New York residents leaving the state.
"We're here to say that the era of Trump and Zeldin and Molinaro – just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, OK?"
"You are not New Yorkers"
– Gov Kathy Hochul, campaigning w/Pat Ryan ahead of NY19 special election
— Zach Williams (@ZachReports) August 22, 2022
What do you think Kathy Hochul could be doing differently to address the problems she mentioned in her speech? Do you think someone else would do a better job?
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