Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg time in office has been marked by controversy, such as the decision to charge a store owner with murder after he fatally stabbed a man who was attacking him.
Bragg has become an issue in New York’s gubernatorial election, with Republican nominee Lee Zeldin saying that the Democratic prosecutor needs to go.
Zeldin promises to fire Bragg
“Democrats – just like Republicans and Independents – are fed up with not feeling safe on our streets,” Zeldin told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
“My first act on my first day in office is telling the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that he’s going to be fired,” he declared.
“Here in New York, we’ve seen cashless bail as a failure,” Zeldin continued. “It’s caused crime to increase. It needs to be repealed. Judges need discretion to weigh dangerousness.”
“It is pro-criminal laws and DA’s refusing to do their jobs, judges refusing to do theirs in some other cases and people less safe as a result,” the state lawmaker insisted.
“We in New York, regardless of whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent, whether you’re from a red county or a blue country, all of us as New Yorkers, are taking control of our destiny to be able to save this state,” Zeldin said.
“To be able to take back our streets. To be able to back our men and women in law enforcement again,” the candidate added.
“And for people who are thinking about fleeing, instead, they can stay and not have to go elsewhere for their safety and their family and for their future on economics and freedom and more.”
Democratic governor told Republicans to “go to Florida where you belong”
Zeldin also took aim at current New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, saying, “She wants to sit in this seat, but if you don’t agree with her – she actually declared that I was no longer a New Yorker because I was challenging her. She said I should get on a bus and go to Florida.”
Zeldin was referring to remarks that Hochul made last month in which she said that Republican voters “don’t represent our values.”
“We’re here to say that the era of Trump and Zeldin and Molinaro – just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong. Get out of town,” Fox News quoted her as saying.