Gov. Kathy Hochul (finally) agrees to debate GOP rival Lee Zeldin – but only once!


After weeks of bending, getting a call “Scary Cat” and even photoshopped her face onto a giant chicken — Governor Kathy Hochul has finally named a time and place where she’s willing to debate Republican challenger Lee Zeldin ahead of their November 8 election.

The Hochul campaign said Wednesday it is willing to hold just one debate against the Long Island congressman — assuming he agrees to meet her Oct. 25 at Pace University for a one-hour game hosted by Spectrum News NY1 prior at the start of October 29 of early voting.

“Governor. Hochul looks forward to highlighting the clear contrast between her strong track record of delivering results and Lee Zeldin’s extreme agenda,” campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey said in a press release.

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The Zeldin campaign did not immediately respond to the offer.

With the first ballots set to ship on Sept. 23, Zeldin has already accepted pending debate invites from PIX 11 and TBEN, prompting Hochul to agree to face those and up to three times more.

Gov. Kathy Hochul has agreed to take on Rep. Lee Zeldin.
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“Kathy Hochul still has NOT accepted any debate requests! Mail-in ballots go out in 2 days. Voters need to know where we stand on issues BEFORE they vote, not AFTER,” Zeldin tweeted Wednesday morning.

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While the number of debates has been in the air for weeks, both candidates have made it clear what topics they want to discuss once the TV cameras roll.

Zeldin has campaigned hard to attack Hochul over rising crime, inflation and alleged corruption, while criticizing the Long Island representative for his stance on abortion, gun control and against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“While Zeldin continues to push his far-right plans to ban abortion and roll back common sense security laws, Governor Hochul remains committed to building a stronger, safer and more affordable New York,” Harvey said in the press release.

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The Democratic incumbent appears to be following the lead of her predecessor – the disgraced ex-governor. Andrew Cuomo — who also agreed to have a single debate against his 2018 GOP nominee Marc Molinaro after repeatedly slamming his face on a giant chicken by The Post.

“The campaign will announce additional public forums and speaking engagements before November in which the governor will participate,” the press release reads.


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