The Republicans managed to turn over four New York congressional seats this half – a big and surprising increase in a largely lackluster election for the party nationally.
While New York’s Democrats seek answers from Congress as to what went wrong with their candidates, these newly elected Republicans have their own ideas about what went right.
what you need to know
- Republicans managed to turn over four New York congressional seats this half — two on Long Island and two in the Hudson Valley.
- Republican Anthony D’Esposito flipped a district in southern Nassau County, due in part to Rep. Lee Zeldin’s strong performance in the gubernatorial race
- D’Esposito says Republicans should use their narrow House majority to focus on things that “were important during this campaign,” like inflation and crime
- After their defeats, New York’s Congressional Democrats are asking for an after-the-fact review. Some want Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs gone
One of those incoming Republicans is former NYPD detective Anthony D’Esposito, who won a district in southern Nassau County that Joe Biden won by more than 14 percentage points in 2020.
How he did that, the congressman-elect points to several factors, including Rep. Lee Zeldin’s strong performance in the gubernatorial race.
“I think it was a combination of a great team both up and down, the crime and of course the things that touch people’s pockets – that was really the most important thing,” he said.
Last week, several Republican leaders in the House of Representatives announced plans to open investigations over the next year, including into the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter. Given the wild swings in his district, is what D’Esposito believes the primary focus for Republicans should be on their narrow majority in the House of Representatives?
“As representatives of Nassau County, a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans, I think we need to focus on the things that mattered during this campaign, and the things that mattered were their pockets and their crime rate “, he said.
To the north, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro flipped New York’s 19th Ward in the Hudson Valley.
Molinaro says the interim results show Americans want to work together, but he also argued that New York Republicans in Congress now have a key role to play.
“It’s our responsibility here in Washington not only to provide the checks and balances and results, but I think to speak up when Albany is acting in a way that New Yorkers don’t think is appropriate,” he said.
Across the aisle, New York City Democrat losses in the House of Representatives have prompted soul-searching and finger-pointing. Some argue that Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs must go.
“I think there needs to be a thorough autopsy of what happened from head to toe because I don’t think changing one person will be enough,” said Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who represents parts of the Bronx and the United States Westchester County represents.