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January 19, 2021

Comments Regarding Rep. Zeldin

I have only one comment concerning the articles I agreed with about Rep Lee Zeldin... REMEMBER... BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLY TOGETHER...

John D. Langfeldt
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 


 

January 13, 2021

We Are All Americans First

Congressmen Zeldin,

I have read your letter. I humbly submit that your thoughts are rubbish. For four years, you and certainly many others, have enabled President Trump to saturate the body politic with lies. On January 6, 2021 you along with 120 House members and 6 senators were determined to contest certified Electoral Votes. Your action and that of those who joined you are inextricably linked to the violence that occurred at our nation’s Capital. I say this because all 50 states had certified their Electoral Votes. Moreover, there have been over 50 lawsuits and 2 Supreme Courts that concluded that there was no fraud. Additionally, former cyber security chief Krebs has gone on record that the 2020 election was the most secure and fair in our history. Yet, you and 126 other members of Congress decided not to accept the overwhelming evidence cited ( briefly here ). Instead, your decision to proceed with a totally political charade links you to the insurrection on the 6th.

Your letter is inadequate. It informs myself and many of my neighbors that your relationship to the President has absolutely influenced your judgment. Like many you have heard from I strongly urge you to resign.

Farrell Decker
Giovanna LaFace
Brookhaven Hamlet, NY

 


 
January 11, 2021

The Assault on the US Capitol

Last Wednesday was a shocking and tragic day for all of us, as we saw mobs attack our beloved US Capitol and threaten our legislators and our election. As if that weren’t horrific enough, we then witnessed a minority of elected officials side with the insurrectionists and persist in trying to overturn the Electoral College vote.

Sadly, our own Rep. Lee Zeldin was one of the naysayers who has sought, since the Election, to nullify the results of our free and fair vote. He is complicit in misinforming constituents, stirring division and hatred in our community, and instilling unreasoning fear among his followers.

On the morning of the Electoral College vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the leaders of Mr. Zeldin’s own party, made an impassioned plea saying, "If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see the whole nation accept an election again."

But that didn’t stop the renegades. Even after the mob violence and destruction of the US Capitol that afternoon, Mr. Zeldin persisted in going on the floor to try and subvert the Electoral College vote and defend Trump's repeatedly discredited claims of fraud that have been repeatedly debunked by the courts and state election officials of both parties.

Mr. Zeldin must be held accountable. For the sake of unity that he now professes to care about, he must declare Biden the choice of the American people. He must urge his radical supporters to stand down and tell them he was wrong. He must ask them to fully cooperate with the FBI and law enforcement.

Sue Hornik
Bellport Village, NY

 


 
January 8, 2021

Zeldin Has Lost His Way

Dear Congressman Zeldin,

Ever since pledging your allegiance to Trump, you have clearly lost your way and do not deserve to represent the constituents of Congressional District One (or any constituents of a 21st century democracy.)

You lost your way by voting to roll back environmental protections that would improve the air quality in our district, the worst in the state. You lost your way by voting against the environment 86% of the time. ( League of Conservation Voters.)

You lost your way by voting against universal background checks for gun sales and by championing legislation that would allow out of staters to pack their guns when visiting New York.

You lost your way by voting to keep dark money in the election process and voting against election reform. You voted against equal pay for equal work, and against protecting seniors from age discrimination.

You lost your way by voting against lowering drug prices, against funding to combat the opioid epidemic, against research and development to better respond to pandemics and biological warfare, against promoting vaccinations and combating anti vaxx misinformation.

You lost your way by voting for draconian cuts to health and human services, education and labor and against reducing methane emissions by oil and gas companies and against investing in America’s infrastructure. I could go on and on.

But most egregious of all: You lost whatever moral agency you could cling to on January 6, 2021 when, due to your absolute fealty to Trump, domestic terrorists felt emboldened to storm our country’s most hallowed halls. Many of the thugs who broke into the capital were homegrown terrorists from our congressional district, avid consumers of Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric and deliberate disinformation that you parroted on your social channels and during your FOX News appearances. Five have died.

Even more remarkable, within a few hours of this attack on our democracy, you joined fellow Trump zealots in the House and Senate and voted against certifying the election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona. A stunt that reveals who you now truly are : A hack partisan who will do anything to protect his political power and political future. Ironically, an official member of the “swamp,” Trump vowed to drain.

Mr. Zeldin, you have lost your way. But be assured that we, your constituents, will help you find your way back — out of Congress and back full time to Shirley after your next campaign in 2022.

Betsy Craz
East Patchogue, NY

 


 
January 3, 2021

Enough with the Nonsense

Regrettably, Congressman Lee Zeldin signed on to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court that tried to invalidate the election results won by Joseph Biden. I’m appalled that Zeldin would support a frivolous lawsuit that asked the Supreme Court to throw out the certified voting results of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia (battleground states) to keep Donald Trump in office.

The suit contained many false and ridiculous claims, and didn’t present any credible evidence of voter fraud in an election Joe Biden won by wide margins in both the popular vote and Electoral College.

The Supreme Court dismissed the suit, just as many lower courts rejected dozens of other Trump court challenges based on crazy conspiracy theories. Enough with the nonsense. It’s time for Zeldin to stop undermining our democratic process and get to work responding to the needs of his constituents.

Larry Tierney
Brookhaven Hamlet

 


 
January 3, 2021

Zeldin Survey

Representative Lee Zeldin has recently emailed a survey to at least some of his constituents asking them whether they believe that Members of Congress should object to the Electoral College results on January 6. This despite the recent Supreme Court dismissal of a lawsuit that would have given one state the right to object to the election process in another state and numerous court decisions rejecting false claims of voter fraud.

Asking his constituents whether Members of Congress should decide the election rather than the American people helps fan the flames of delusion rather than the ideals of our democratic republic. Not only does this offense to the Constitution border on a violation of Mr. Zeldin’s oath of office, it tears at the social fabric that has enabled our CD-1 community to exist, prosper, and care for each other.

Phyllis Hartmann
Bellport, NY