Political newcomer seeks to knock off incumbent Zeldin in 1st Congressional District race
Both candidates in the race for the 1st Congressional District have come out swinging with under four weeks to go until Election Day.
Political newcomer Nancy Goroff is taking on Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in the district that stretch from parts of Smithtown to Montauk. Zeldin's campaign has tried to paint the former Stony Brook chemistry department chair as a radical and anti-police.
The Democrat says Zeldin and the Trump administration dropped the ball when it comes to their response to the pandemic.
"We have the worst record of any country in the developed world on the virus and that's because we have had mixed messages, a lack of leadership," says Goroff.
Zeldin says both parties worked together from the beginning of the crisis. With close ties to the administration, Zeldin says he worked to get what was needed for the district.
"I remember when Gov. Cuomo was asking for ventilators, I picked up the phone and called Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, and told him how important and necessary it was," says Zeldin.
Newsday columnist Joye Brown says there are a lot of factors at play in the race, which make the outcome of this race a big question mark.
"Lee Zeldin represents of a lot of areas that are considered red. You've got to remember Suffolk went for Donald Trump. All of these things speak in favor of Zeldin," she says. "That said, with everything going on in the national level, women are engaged, does that help Nancy Goroff?"
Zeldin won his 2018 race against Perry Gershon by four points.