Gov. Kathy Hochul can dodge all she wants. But New Yorkers are starting to fear she stands for absolutely nothing.
The governor refused Tuesday to give a straight answer on debating her opponent Lee Zeldin, saying only that she’s “willing to debate” the GOPer — without a hint as to where, when or how often. This follows her literally running away from Monday’s West Indian Day Parade while ignoring a question from The Post.
This, with less than nine weeks until Election Day.
Yet this is Hochul’s standard operating procedure. She won’t come clean about where she really stands on any crucial issue.
Take bail reform. To learn her actual views, the gov explained last month, New Yorkers will have to re-elect her. Huh? Crime is a dominant issue across the state. And Hochul owes her constituents far more than a smug “wait and see” — about this and everything else she’s dodged on.
Or the economy. Last year, the gov and Legislature hiked taxes a whopping $4 billion, helping drive residents (and businesses) to flee the state. Some 300,000 New Yorkers, who as a group earned $21 billion in 2019, fled the city, with many citing taxes as a key reason.
That represents a lot of wealth — and (ironically) tax revenue. Yet this year, the gov refused to lift a finger to roll any of that back. Will she ever?
New York (unlike the nation as a whole) has still to failed recover all of its pre-pandemic jobs and doesn’t expect to for years. What’s Hochul’s plan to address that, and the anemic economy upstate?
Will she ease any of the oppressive state laws and regulations, like the high minimum wage and paid-leave rules, that keep jobs down? Or will she back the latest effort to boost the wage floor yet again, this time to $20 an hour, making New York’s job situation worse?
The one thing we do know is that she’s committed to vastly increasing energy costs statewide, with her lunatic drive to make New York entirely dependent on “alternative” energy within a few years.
Zeldin’s detailed plans on taxes, energy and the economy offer hope. Yet with her latest move on debates, the gov’s getting close to her own version of Joe Biden’s “basement presidency.”
Hochul is behaving as if victory on Nov. 8 is guaranteed in deep-blue New York. Oops: One new poll shows the underdog Zeldin within four points, putting the governorship realistically within his grasp.
Or maybe she just figures that spelling out a stand on any serious issue will cost her more votes than it gains. Then again, it’s all too possible that the Accidental Governor doesn’t actually believe in anything beyond her own election.