Media plays gender card in tight NY race, says Kathy Hochul ‘likability’ a factor in Lee Zeldin’s success

Gender bias plus likeability issues, rather than competency or lack thereof, could explain why Democrat Kathy Hochul is not running away with the New York governor’s election, according to a Manhattan-based political journalism organization.

The haughty Hochul, an obscure politician who became governor by default when Andrew Cuomo resigned in August 2021, has turned out to be just another woke-worshipping, narcissistic placeholder who has sought to downplay the state’s crime epidemic that goes beyond just New York City, the latter municipality where law and order, in particular, has broken down.

According to a poll released by the Trafalgar Group, the contest with GOP challenger and high-energy campaigner Lee Zeldin, a U.S. congressman representing a Long Island district, is essentially tied, albeit in a blue state where no photo ID is required to vote and where the Democrat machine is obviously quite powerful

In an aggregate of five polls, including Trafalgar, Real Clear Politics currently gives Hochul, who Dem luminaries including the aforementioned Clinton and VP Kamala Harris, are trying to prop up, a six-point advantage.

According to a news organization called City & State New York, however, Hochul is supposedly “struggling with the same gender-related ‘likability’ issues that may have contributed to [Hillary] Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential race.

Citing other surveys, the news outlet in the article headlined “Is gender bias hurting Kathy Hochul,” pointed out the sizeable gender gap among voters, with most women favoring Hochul, the former lieutenant governor, and most men preferring Zeldin.

Published on Friday, the article, which may or may constitute a cope, quoted one female political insider who preferred to remain anonymous.

This person said that “I think it really goes to an unconscious bias. I think [Hochul is] much more likable than Hillary Clinton, but in an election where crime and public safety is the No. 1 issue, does it hurt her where she’s a woman, and not an aggressive man? Yes.”

Political consultant Alexis Grenell similarly told City & State New York that it “a given” that Hochul’s gender is why her campaign is apparently lagging.

“Zeldin has been attacking her for her lack of leadership. Women are more vulnerable to this kind of attack because every piece of data we have shows that the qualities and adjectives we associate with the leadership concept are coded as male.”

Another unnamed female insider claimed that Hochul is getting backlash from women who backed Cuomo despite the sexual harassment allegations against him.

“Anybody who hated #MeToo and felt like it was unfair? Hochul is the beneficiary of that.”

Zeldin has vowed to declare a crime emergency on day one of his administration, which includes replacing prosecution-averse, Soros-funded Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg.

Hochul to date has been unwilling to amend the state’s disastrous so-called bail reform law, which puts even repeat violent offenders back on the street before the police paperwork is dry.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin sees the situation differently and not through the gender lens, he explained on Saturday.

A friend writes to say that his wife and “some of her staunchly D” female  friends, all pro-choice suburbanites, are voting for Republican Lee Zeldin for governor…One by one and in small groups, formerly loyal Dems are coming to the conclusion that the party they were proud to belong to no longer shares their interests and values….On paper, the accidental governor and her party enjoy a 2-1 registration edge. But when things are bad enough, reality trumps party, and it is a testament to how high crime has climbed and how far the quality of life has fallen that Zeldin is on the cusp of being the first Republican elected governor in 20 years…

The gender card was also met with skepticism on Twitter. Here is just a sample of the reaction:

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