Former Trump campaign manager and pollster Kellyanne Conway commented on how the issue of crime is defining the New York gubernatorial race between Democrat Kathy Hochul and GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin, Sunday evening on FOX News:
KELLYANNE CONWAY: What voters know is that the three most poisonous words said by Democrats in quite a while were "Defund the Police," they are trying to backtrack away from that but people are aware there was one party in favor of that. And in addition to cashless bail, you have folks wanting to be soft on criminals. This has nothing to do with the criminal justice reform policies that Trump and Biden would both be for. This has to do with people feeling that the system works against the victims and works for the criminals. Kathy Hochul owns and eats that now because she is the governor of New York, whatever [NYC Mayor Eric] Adams or [NY attorney General Letitia] James are doing or are not doing in their positions, riding the subway should not be an occupational hazard, trying to get to your job. People see the randomness.
Lee Zeldin sadly, not once but twice, has been a victim of crime. They took to the stage and they came to his home when his kids were doing their homework.
BILL HEMMER, FOX NEWS: Also for Hochul, Hillary Clinton will be campaigning with her.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: Oh, dear. She is done.
Governor races are different, you are looking for a chief executive, the power of the purse, crime policies, etc.
I always was amazed by how many states that went for Obama/Biden twice, went for a Republican governor during the Obama and Biden years They are not just ticket-splitters, like, they want them to be in the White House, but when it comes to my state, I want more center-right.