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Kathy Hochul Now Says One Voting Group HAS to Go to Florida: 'You Are Not New Yorkers'

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Earlier this month, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) raised eyebrows for taking political jabs at Florida during a bill signing event for Holocaust education in her state. "I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home. Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated. I shouldn’t say this, but look at the governor. It starts at the top down," she had said, going off script. Last week, she also gained negative attention for telling Republicans to "just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, okay? Get out of town. Because you do not represent our values. You are not New Yorkers."

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Her remarks came on Monday, when she was stumping for Pat Ryan, a Democrat who ultimately won Tuesday's special election to represent the 19th Congressional District against Republican Marc Molinaro.

She specifically framed her remarks about it being in the era of "of Trump, and Zeldin and Molinaro." Rep. Lee Zeldin is her Republican opponent for the November gubernatorial election. 

Zeldin quickly posted a strongly worded video statement to Twitter, and also emphasized in multiple tweets it was a "psycho demand." 

The Republican gubernatorial nominee has also since been tweeting strong words against the governor, including how it's "reason enough to toss Kathy Hochul out of office November 8" and that he's staying in New York, where he was "born and raised."

One of Zeldin's tweets included an opinion piece from Tim Hoefer for The New York Post, how "Kathy Hochul’s call for 5.4M Republicans to leave New York is dangerous and disgusting."

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Hoefer in part highlights how Hochul's "message is fiscally irresponsible, even dangerous," going on to write how New York "has already lost 1.5 million residents in the past decade, and there’s no sign of that trend letting up. In fact, more than 350,000 New Yorkers relocated during the 12 pandemic-plagued months leading up to July 1, 2021."

New York leads the way in population loss, as Zeldin has highlighted before

The governor doubled down on her remarks when asked for clarification on Friday, as Zack Fink highlighted for Spectrum News NY 1, though she also tried to change the narrative. 

"Excuse me, I’ll answer your question. OK? I referred to three individuals: Donald Trump, County Executive Molinaro, and Congressman Lee Zeldin. I spoke about three people who’s views we believe are extreme. They supported the overturning of a presidential election," she told reporters. 

Hochul has used particularly strong rhetoric against Zeldin before. Last month, just before Zeldin was attacked by a man with a sharp pointed object at a campaign stop. While Hochul did release a statement condemning the crime, she had before the attack sent out an inflammatory email highlighting and mocking her opponent's schedule. 

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When it comes to his state charges, as Zeldin predicted, the suspect was quickly released hours after being taken into custody, as a result of New York's bail laws. 

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