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GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin announces plan to run for New York governor in 2022

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee On Foreign Affairs March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Blinken is expected to take questions about the Biden administration's priorities for U.S. foreign policy. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, announced Thursday he plans to run for New York governor next year, saying that "to save our state," embattled Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo "has got to go."

Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, announced Thursday he plans to run for New York governor next year, saying that "to save our state," embattled Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo "has got to go. "

New York is a heavily blue state, but Republicans are sensing an opening in 2022 with a potentially wounded candidate in Cuomo given several scandals surrounding him and his dipping favorability numbers among New Yorkers.

"From the tax policy to the public safety to the attacks on our freedoms, we're seeing a weakened governor because of all of the scandals, the loss of life, the cover-up, the investigations, but it's been impacting us in many ways and it's time for us to do something about it," Zeldin, a New York Republican who represents part of Long Island, said in an interview on "Fox & Friends. "

Zeldin was first elected to Congress in 2014, after serving four years in the New York state Senate.

A state attorney general report found that Cuomo's administration underreported the number of Covid deaths among New York's long-term care patients and then delayed sharing potentially damaging information with state lawmakers.

In recent weeks, Cuomo has repeatedly rebuffed calls for his resignation by top Democrats in New York and could face impeachment and removal from office.

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