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ICYMI: MSNBC’S CHRIS HAYES EXPOSES ZELDIN’S HYPOCRISY, CALLS OUT HIS “FLAGRANT PROPAGANDA”


For Immediate Release: July 27, 2022

 

ICYMI: MSNBC’S CHRIS HAYES EXPOSES ZELDIN’S HYPOCRISY, CALLS OUT HIS “FLAGRANT PROPAGANDA”
 

NEW YORK, NY - Last night on MSNBC, Chris Hayes exposed the striking conflicts of interest between Lee Zeldin and Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley, in the case of Zeldin’s attacker, David Jakubonis. Hayes discussed the impropriety of Zeldin’s ties to Doorley, who — in violation of ethics guidelines — served as his campaign co-chair, and the rare, more lenient charges she gave Jakubonis, giving Zeldin the opportunity to scapegoat Democrats for political gain.

But, as Hayes asked, “Who is the prosecutor who only charged [Jakubonis] with attempted second-degree assault?” The answer: none other than Zeldin’s close personal friend and political ally, Monroe County DA Sandra Doorley

Watch Chris Hayes shed light on Zeldin’s hypocrisy in the full clip here.

Here are the key excerpts from MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes:

In the aftermath…Zeldin’s campaign saw an opportunity to take lemons and make political lemonade. [...] Zeldin immediately went on the offensive. [...] So you might have guessed, the story is a little more complicated than Lee Zeldin initially let on. It’s because people naturally started asking, ‘Well wait a second, who is the prosecutor who only charged this guy with attempted second-degree assault?” said Chris Hayes in his segment. “Well, the district attorney from Monroe County, New York, where the attack happened, is a woman named Sandra Doorley. And as it turns out, Sandra Doorley is a personal friend of Lee Zeldin. Just three months ago, she was listed as official co-chair of his gubernatorial campaign.” 

“And it gets better. Sandra Doorley was at the rally where Zeldin was attacked. She's a supporter. She's a friend. Zeldin apparently spoke with Sandra Doorley, the DA of Monroe County, just minutes after the incident. And it was Doorley’s office which made the affirmative decision to charge the attacker with a crime that would be eligible for release without bail.” 

Hayes concluded, “You might see how it might look like Doorley’s office worked to gin up a politically convenient narrative for Zeldin’s campaign, which she is listed as co-chairing… Our job as journalists, regardless of ideology or politics, is just to separate the real story from the cynical hysteria and to call out the flagrant propaganda when we see it.” 

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