GOP gubernatorial candidates make their final pitch
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics the four Republicans competing next week in their party's gubernatorial primary election participated in a debate June 21, in Rochester. As the Republican primary for governor enters its final days, the candidates are all pledging their electability to voters. Republicans have not held statewide office in 20 years and hope this year is their best chance in decades. "Ultimately it's the people of New York, it's the voters of New York who decide in November what they want as far as fighting crime, as far as making life more affordable," said U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the party's preferred candidate. Zeldin is facing off against former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, businessman Harry Wilson and former Trump administration official Andrew Giuliani. Astorino, who ran for governor in 2014, said he hopes to appeal to a broad group of voters. Wilson, who lost a close race for comptroller in 2010, attempted to stand out by pointing to his experience in the private sector and ability to work with Democrats. And Giuliani, a former Trump administration official and the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has based his campaign on the frustration of some GOP voters with pandemic-related rules and restrictions. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.