Lee Zeldin on Principles & Values
Never experienced antisemitism, including within GOP
Zeldin defended the Republican Party against allegations of antisemitism in its ranks, "I, personally, haven't encountered any antisemitism within the Republican Party," Zeldin, who is one of two Jewish Republican members of
Congress, said. "From a personal perspective, I can tell you--from kindergarten through 12th grade, college, law school and four years of active duty, I never once experienced antisemitism at all."
Source: The Jewish Insider on 2022 New York Gubernatorial race
, Aug 24, 2020
Impeachment: voted against second trial for Trump
Zeldin did not break party ranks and voted against the resolution, which stated "that President Trump incited an insurrection against the government of the United States." Mr. Zeldin spoke during the
debate Wednesday and ended his remarks by saying, "Let's be honest that this president did a lot to make America greater than ever."
Source: The Suffolk Times on Jan. 6 2021 Insurrection
, Aug 24, 2020
Supports barring anti-religious art funding.
Zeldin supports the CC survey question against funding anti-religious art
CC.org's self-description: "The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.
The Coalition is a political organization, made up of pro-family Americans who care deeply about ensuring that government serves to strengthen and preserve, rather than threaten, our families and our values. To that end, we work continuously to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action."
The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Prohibiting public funding for art that is pornographic or anti-religious'
Source: Christian Coalition Survey 14-CC-Q4b on Aug 15, 2014
Endorsed Young Gun candidate in national Republican "Drive to 245".
Zeldin is endorsed by National Republican Congressional Committee 2014 targeting
The National Republican Congressional Committee has defined three categories in its "Young Guns" list, and a new fundraising website Drive to 245. Inclusion in the program indicates funding from the NRCC to the candidates, mostly via PAC-funded TV advertising:
Press Release from NRCC
Source: NRCC Targeted District 14-NRCC on Oct 9, 2014
- The first level of the program: "On the Radar" candidates are individuals running in competitive congressional seats. They have met the minimum threshold in campaign organization and show potential to achieve greater status in the program as the cycle progresses.
- "Contender" is the second level of the Young Guns program. Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation. They are in congressional seats that appear favorable to the GOP candidate.
- "Young Gun" is the highest level of the Young Guns program. These candidates have met a series of rigorous goals and surpassed program benchmarks to establish a clear path to victory.
Overturn presidential election due to pandemic voting rules.
Justice Zeldin wrote the Court's decision on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: "TX v. PA, GA, MI & WI" on Dec 11, 2020:
Summary of lawsuit, Dec. 7:: The 2020 election suffered from significant and unconstitutional irregularities including:
- Michigan's Secretary of State, without legislative approval, unilaterally abrogated [under the pandemic emergency] several statutes requiring signature verification for absentee ballot applications. [Similar in GA, PA, & WI].
- Pennsylvania's election law requires that poll-watchers be granted access to the opening, counting, and recording of absentee ballots: Local election officials [in 2 counties] decided not to follow this law.
- Georgia state law prohibits the opening of absentee ballots until after the polls open on Election Day: In April 2020, without legislative approval, [a new rule] authorized processing absentee ballots three weeks before Election Day.
- The Wisconsin Elections Commission positioned hundreds of drop boxes to collect absentee ballots--including the use of unmanned drop boxes, in contravention of Wisconsin law.
Supreme Court Order, Dec. 11: The State of Texas's motion is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.
Texas Tribune analysis, Dec. 11:: Trump--and Republicans across the country--had pinned their hopes on the Texas suit. In a series of tweets, Trump called it "the big one" and later added, "it is very strong, ALL CRITERIA MET." If the court had heard the case, Sen. Ted Cruz said he would have argued it, at the request of Trump.
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas indicated they would have allowed Texas to bring the case but said they would "not grant other relief." In a series of tweets after the ruling, Trump raged against the decision, which he called "a disgraceful miscarriage of justice."
Source: Supreme Court case 20-SCOTUS argued on Dec 7, 2020
Endorsed Endorsed by Donald Trump/MAGA during presidency.
Zeldin is endorsed by Trump/MAGA endorsement list
Endorsements by Donald Trump, implying support of Trump's agenda and electoral style.
The phrase "Make America Great Again" was popularized in Trump's 2015 book Time to Get Tough:Making America Great Again. It is the campaign slogan embroidered on the ubiquitous red caps seen at Trump rallies (which after Trump's presidency, became known as "MAGA rallies").
Source: Ballotpedia 2016-2022 endorsement list 2022-MAGA on Jan 1, 2022
Oppose certification of the 2020 Presidential election.
Zeldin voted YEA blocking certification of the Electoral vote
Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.
Timeline of 1/6/21 by Wikipedia:
Source: Congressional vote 21-Cert on Jan 6, 2021
- 1:12 PM: Gosar and Cruz object to certifying the votes. The joint session separates into House and Senate chambers to debate the objection.
- 1:35 PM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warns that refusing to certify the results of the
presidential election under false pretenses would push American democracy into a `death spiral`.
- 2:12 PM: The first rioter enters the Capitol through a broken window, opening a door for others
- 2:24 PM: President Trump tweets, `Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.`
- 4:17 PM: Trump denounces the riots, but maintaining the false claims that the election was stolen
- Around 5:40 PM: As the interior of the Capitol is cleared of rioters, leaders of Congress state that they will continue tallying electoral votes
- 8:06 PM: The Senate reconvenes, with Vice President Pence presiding.
- 10:15 PM: The Senate votes 93-6 against the objection (Senate rollcall #1).
- 11:30 PM: The House votes 303-121 to reject the objection (House rollcall #10).
Opposed creating Commission to investigate Jan. 6 events.
Zeldin voted NAY creating a January 6th Commission
Bill summary:The select committee must (1) conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol; (2) identify, review, and evaluate the causes of and the lessons learned from this attack; and (3) submit a report containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations to prevent future acts of violence, domestic terrorism, and domestic violent extremism, and to improve the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex and other American democratic institutions.
CBS News summary, by Grace Segers on June 30, 2021:H.R. 3233 would have created a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the root causes of the breach of the U.S. Capitol, modeled after the 9/11 Commission.
On May 28, the House passed the bill by a vote of 222 to 190, including 35 Republican votes. It then failed in the Senate, where it received an insufficient number of Republican votes to advance.
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on June 24 that the House would establish a select committee [appointed by House Democrats, instead of a bipartisan independent commission] to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection and general security issues related to the incident. Pelosi said its leadership and members would be announced later. The House passed the resolution to form the committee on June 29, 2021, by a vote of 222-190.
OnTheIssues note: The Senate voting record refers to the earlier rejected bill H.R. 3233, and the House voting record refers to the later bill H.Res.503. The later bill had no Senate vote (but the two House votes were almost identical).
Source: Congressional vote 21-HR503 on May 28, 2021
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