To Whom It May Concern,
Lee Zeldin has forsaken the responsibility of governing for petty party politics and squabbles.
The past two months have presented Congressman Zeldin a unique opportunity to demonstrate where his, and his parties, priorities and passions truly lie.
Unfortunately it hasn’t taken long for Mr. Zeldin to make it clear that his priorities lie not with representing all District 1 voters, but rather an extreme party line, falling lock step in line with President Trump.
Mr. Zeldin quickly took to Trump-era tactics of obfuscation and attacks. As members of Congress began working on their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors, his constituents desperately wanted to meet with him in person.
Mr. Zeldin made it clear he had no intention of meeting with his constituents seeking clarity on this pressing issue, ostensibly because he believed his constituents were only seeking to be disruptive and to gain media attention.
Mr. Zeldin claimed that his remote town halls via Facebook, and “mobile office hours” which were designed to limit attendees by only occurring in the middle of the work day, were sufficient for providing answers to his very concerned constituency. In the meantime, no clarity was ever gained on the major issue of the AHCA.
Mr. Zeldin took a very clear lesson from last year’s political furor by attempting to create distractions with absurd and insulting attacks. This began with his attack on Newsday for publishing an article that was critical of a New York State Senator (then Islip Town Supervisor) and his false statements surrounding a Navy Reserve deployment in the midst of political and personal difficulties. Mr. Zeldin unleashed an unhinged and befuddling attack on Newsday, comparing their investigative article to people spitting on Vietnam veterans.
Furthermore, in the midst of the political turmoil during the week of the scheduled vote for the American Healthcare Act, he turned his attention to Governor Cuomo. During this week, countless members of his district were desperately trying to get information on what was in the current version of the AHCA and what Mr. Zeldin’s position on it was.
During this week, the Congressman was unable to provide his specific position on the bill, beyond that he was committed to repealing Obamacare. While he wouldn’t provide any details on his position, he did take the time to release two days of angry statements calling Governor Cuomo a liar because of statements he made about the AHCA. Up until the pulling of the bill, Mr. Zeldin was never able to answer why he supported the AHCA, beyond his fervent desire to repeal Obamacare.
Following the failure of this incredibly unpopular and ill-prepared bill, Mr. Zeldin was very quick to respond on social media. Much like President Trump’s proclamation of “letting Obamacare explode,” Mr. Zeldin quipped “And now Obamacare repeals itself.”
This immature and emotional outburst is unbecoming of an elected representative. Mr. Zeldin previously stated that, regarding healthcare, “doing nothing is not an option.” Now that the unpopular and unwanted replacement plan that he supported has failed, he wants to see the healthcare system fail, whatever the consequences.
In his attacks on Governor Cuomo, Mr. Zeldin said that the Governor should “approach Congressional Republicans to genuinely work with them.” Those suggestions seem to only apply to those who he opposes rather than himself. His quip about letting Obamacare “repeal itself” has made it clear he has no intent on following his advice of bipartisanship.
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District 1 voter from Port Jefferson
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