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Zeldin refused to tell NBC if he would ask a foreign government for opposition research

Zeldin refused to tell NBC if he would ask a foreign government for opposition research

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October 4, 2019

CONTACT: Kim Devlin (516) 510-3001

GERSHON: “HEY LEE, YOU WON’T FIND DIRT ON ME FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT”

Zeldin refuses to say if he would ask a foreign government for oppo on his political opponent

East Setauket, NY -- Lee Zeldin, Republican congressman for NY-01, yesterday refused to answer the question when a reporter asked if he would ask a foreign government for opposition research on his political rival.

Garrett Haake, correspondent with MSNBC, on Thursday tweeted, “Just took part in a lengthy gaggle w/@RepLeeZeldin – who argued Trump did nothing wrong in calling for investigation of political illegality, saying it was only political because Biden is running for President. Wouldn’t directly answer if he’d ask a foreign country for oppo himself.”

“Sorry to disappoint Lee Zeldin, Perry has never lived or worked in a foreign country,” said Kim Devlin, senior advisory for Perry Gershon, Zeldin’s Democratic opponent in NY-01. “Oh wait, he did live in England for a year, when he was three years old.

“I guess next thing you know, Zeldin will ask the British Parliament to find out if Perry was kicked out of nursery school!” continued Devlin.

Zeldin’s refusal to state that he would not entertain another country interfering in US elections is in sharp contrast to his own words less than four months ago when he tweeted on June 13, 2019, "No foreign government should ever meddle in any US election ever. We ALL should unite and must unite as AMERICANS (w/out regard to party) behind this fundamental principle."

“In all seriousness, I am shocked that Zeldin, a Member of the United States Congress would not state unequivocally that he would neither ask, nor condone, a foreign country for help in his political campaign,” said Gershon.

“I can only conclude that Lee is genuinely worried about his re-election chances, although I am not surprised,” continued Gershon, “When you consistently vote against the best interests of your constituents, from voting against making health care more affordable or voting in favor of the SALT deduction cap, to supporting President Trump’s efforts to gut our environmental protections, I guess Zeldin must realize that he is in trouble and will do anything to get re-elected, including asking a foreign government for help.”

The Gershon campaign is calling on Congressman Lee Zeldin to immediately clarify his position and state whether he would or would not ask or use any opposition research provided by a foreign government or foreign individuals on his political opponent.

“I'm running the old-fashioned way: by grassroots American support, not foreign interference,” said Gershon.

A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Gershon was the Democratic nominee for NY-1 in 2018 and came within 4 points, 47-51%, of unseating Zeldin. He closed a 16% gap by the previous Democratic nominee, who in challenged Zeldin in 2016, despite the lack of help from national organizations that had been prevalent in previous cycles.

This past April, Gershon launched his 2020 bid, joined by 250 energetic supporters. In Congress, Gershon will be a committed voice fighting for good jobs, the elimination of the SALT cap, affordable health care, high-quality education, and clean air and water.

Gershon lives in East Hampton with his wife Lisa, sons Logan and Marshall, and his 12 year old Shiba Inu, Dina.

Posted on October 4, 2019.

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