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ICYMI: “Lyin’ Lee” and Extremist Andrew Giuliani Once Again Highlight Dangerous Far-Right Agendas

For Immediate Release: June 21, 2022

NEW YORK, NY: With just over a week to go until the GOP primary, "Lyin Lee" Zeldin and former Trump White House staffer Andrew Giuliani took the debate stage last night and continued to push conspiracy theories and far-right talking points in their race for Trump's endorsement.

"Zeldin and Giuliani spent their night on the debate stage cozying up to Trump and his extremist base, touting out-of-touch policies and conspiracy theories," said New York State Democratic Party Spokesperson James Martin. "New Yorkers won't stand for these far-right, dangerous agendas and will continue to support a governor who's focused on keeping communities safe, lowering costs and protecting abortion rights."

Here's a roundup of some of the coverage from the messy GOP debate:  

CBS: Pointed attacks highlight latest New York GOP gubernatorial debate

"The four GOP candidates may be fighting in a blue state, but Donald Trump still looms over the race. Each was asked if they felt Trump had indeed won the presidential election. It's something that we'll never for sure know the exact consequence of in Pennsylvania allowing one county to have different rules than another county," Zeldin said."

Gothamist: New York Republican candidates square off again as gubernatorial primary enters final week

"One stand-out moment to was when the candidates were asked whether they believed former President Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election. That's an argument that is central to the ongoing January 6th insurrection hearings which resume today. The clearest answers were from Andrew Giuliani, who said he believed Trump won the election, citing claims that have been tossed out of courts in states across the country."

Politico: GOP gubernatorial hopefuls go at it

Zeldin and businessman Harry Wilson both called each other a "fraud," while Zeldin labeled Wilson "Mr. Elitist" for his Harvard degree and Wilson in turn called Zeldin a failed politician who should have a restraining order to keep him away from Albany.

Spectrum Local News: GOP candidates for governor on the attack during Spectrum News debate

When the candidates were asked if they believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, Zeldin and Astorino talked around it. "Listen, it's something that we'll never for sure know the exact consequence of," Zeldin said.