Saturday, January 28, 2023

Pelosi Blames NY Governor Kathy Hochul For Losing The House…

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( – In remarks made to The New York Times on Saturday, Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that her party may have been able to retain the House had New York Democrats taken the issue of crime much more seriously.

Although Democrats fared better than they were expected to in the midterms, and Republicans only squeaked by with a slim majority, Pelosi claimed that Democrats could have kept the majority if Hochul had realized sooner that crime was a key issue with voters in her state.

“That is an issue that had to be dealt with early on, not 10 days before the election. The governor didn’t realize soon enough where the trouble was,” she said.

Hochul took a lot of heat from Republicans, not the least of which was her opponent in the 2022 gubernatorial race, Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

Just a few weeks before the November election, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul downplayed violent crime in her state, according to the New York Post, chalking it up to a few “high-profile” crimes that have “created a sense of fear in people’s minds.”

“I deal with real facts and I deal with people’s fear. And I address both. The real facts are, is that we’ve been so aggressive about this, driving down gun violence with getting guns off the streets and all these measures,” she added.

Even liberal MSNBC host called out Hochul on the crime problem.

Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams tried to resolve the crisis by adding more subway cops.

“NYPD and MTA will surge officer presence on platforms by approximately 1,200 additional overtime officer shifts each day on the subway — equating to approximately 10,000 additional overtime patrol hours every day — as well as two new dedicated units at psychiatric centers to help provide those experiencing serious mental health illness with the assistance they need,” Hochul’s office announced in late October.

But guess what happened when they pursued this action. Their fellow Democrats cried foul, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leading the charge.

“A lot of people think that crime is up, when we actually see that shootings are down, when we see that huge indicators on the most violent crime in New York City is down,” she said during a radio appearance at the time.

“Subway crime is up, but let’s also note that subway crime is up after they committed so many more officers to the subway system. So that also tells us from a policy perspective, adding more cops to the subway isn’t solving this problem,” she added.

Democrats lost control of the U.S. House in the November midterm elections, in part because of all of the New York seats they lost.

“Republicans managed to flip four Democratic Congressional seats in New York state, an accomplishment that should allow them to take control of the House of Representatives,” the Financial Times admitted.

“In a particularly ignominious defeat for the Democrats, Sean Patrick Maloney, the five-term Congressman who chaired his party’s election committee, lost his own seat in a district north of New York City to Republican state assemblyman Mike Lawler. The Democratic debacle has prompted disbelief among party faithful that New York state, a heartland where they outnumber registered Republicans two to one, was the place where they ended up being so vulnerable,” according to the Times.

Pelosi, of all people noted, this is what can happen when lawmakers elected to take care of the public decide to mock their concerns instead.

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