U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) provided a positive update to his recent health concerns.
In November, the lawmaker was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, but according to Breitbart, he announced on Saturday that there is “no evidence” of cancer left in his body.
“I continue to operate at 110%”
As a result of the “complete remission” from the bone marrow cancer, Zeldin told his constituents that he is now “expected to live a normal life.”
He credited early detection of the disease as a factor in the positive outcome of his treatments, which he said came with no side effects.
“My health is phenomenal, and I continue to operate at 110%,” the New York Republican said, according to Breitbart.
His doctor, Jeffrey Vacicrca, released a statement on the matter, confirming that he responded “extraordinarily well” to the “target therapy.”
Now, Zeldin is focused on his campaign to become the next governor of the Empire State. In his statement, he said he is “once again crisscrossing New York State in our campaign for Governor, hitting Monroe, Wayne and Ontario Counties yesterday, and Jefferson, Lewis, and Hamilton Counties today.”
“It is so greatly unfortunate”
It was at a fundraiser in Ontario County on Friday that he first confirmed his private battle with leukemia and the official statement from his office followed a day later. Although it is unclear how much support he will receive from voters across the state, he remains popular among conservative Republicans.
Zeldin emerged as a chief critic of the Biden administration, particularly after the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. In the wake of that debacle, he called on President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to resign.
In fact, he said as much to Blinken directly during a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
“We have an administration that does not know how to confront an adversary, understanding that they do not respect weakness, they only respect strength,” Zeldin said. “And it is so greatly unfortunate, the consequences, and I believe that you, sir, should resign. That would be leadership.”
As a supporter of former President Donald Trump, Zeldin continues to resonate with a large segment of the GOP in his state. His recent clean bill of health means that those voters will have a gubernatorial candidate who reflects their values.