Last week, on January 6th, Congressman Zeldin spent his time campaigning, rather than showing up to honor the police officers who put their lives on the line to protect him during the attack on the Capitol. In an editorial in Newsday, entitled, “A year later, Jan. 6 perceptions differ,” the editorial board noted that Long Island’s Democratic legislators participated in the memorial at the Capitol, but their Republican counterparts did not.
“On the feeds of Long Island’s Republican House members, Jan. 6 was just another day. Lee Zeldin’s online activity was mostly focused on his push for New York’s governor’s mansion, with entries like: ‘As Governor, I’ll END the draconian mask mandates on NY students. NO MORE 2-yr olds in masks! No COVID vaccine requirement for students. No more of this push of kids into remote education instead of IN-PERSON, FULL-TIME, IN THE CLASSROOM learning.’ “
But, as they so often have when it comes to Lee Zeldin, Newsdayfell short. By describing it as just differing perceptions, they let Zeldin off the hook. The Southampton Pressdid a much better job. In an editorial entitled, “Under Attack,” they called Zeldin to account.
“The South Fork has a stake in this discussion more than some communities, because our U.S. representative, Lee Zeldin, played an outsize role in the insurrection. He was joined by well over 100 Republican colleagues in challenging the certification, but he was one of the few to rise on the House floor — just hours after violence spilled into the same space — to take up Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie.’ His remarks that day weaved tales of election fraud that … [more]