The state of the Democratic party has been full of chaos since former Governor Andrew Cuomo became caught up in scandal after scandal.
Current Governor Kathy Hochul isn’t doing much better. Hochul had Brian Benjamin as her Lt. Governor and unofficial running mate (it’s unofficial because Lt. Governor are voted separately and voters don’t have to choose the governor’s choice) in the upcoming election. Unfortunately for Hochul, Benjamin was indicted on bribery and corruption charges and has to resign from office.
Hochul decided to pick Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado who represents a swing district in upstate New York. This means that if Delgado leaves his seat in the current political climate another House seat is wide open for the GOP.
From the New York Post:
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s selection of Rep. Antonio Delgado to replace her indicted former lieutenant governor and running mate could cost national Democrats a seat in their already razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives.
Delgado is a two-term incumbent congressman representing the 19th congressional district that includes the Mid-Hudson Valley, Catskills and other parts of upstate.
He replaces former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, who resigned and was removed from the ballot after the feds indicted him in a pay-to-play corruption scheme. Benjamin maintains his innocence.
The Democrat party in New York immediately started arguing with each other over who should take Benjimn’s place without giving more control to the Republicans in DC.
According to the board of elections in Delgado’s district, Biden won by only 1% and Republicans are energized.
Things are looking for the Republicans in New York (as good as they can). The courts are redoing the crooked Gerrymandering map written by Democrats and in the end, they could lose a seat.
All of this is good news for the GOP especially now that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s congressional district map was signed into law.