Vicious Attack On Rep. Lee Zeldin – OpEd


The Catholic League does not endorse candidates for elected office, nor does it side with Republicans or Democrats, but we do address issues of interest to Catholic voters, such as abortion. This issue has now exploded on Long Island, and the Democrats are responsible for the fireworks.

Rep. Lee Zeldin has represented his constituents in Suffolk County, New York for several years: prior to becoming a congressman, he was a state senator. His opposition to abortion is a source of consternation to his challenger, Perry Gershon. That is of little interest to the Catholic League. But when the New York State Democratic Committee comes to the defense of Gershon by engaging in a vicious attack on Zeldin’s pro-life record, that changes everything.

A campaign mailer sent by the New York State Democratic Committee  shows a picture of a coat hanger with the inscription, “Lee Zeldin’s plan for women’s healthcare.” On the other side of the flyer it says Zeldin is a “danger to Long Island women.”

The real danger is the demagoguery of the New York State Democrats. To exploit the fears of women by portraying Zeldin as some kind of barbarian who would subject women to self-induced abortions is obscene. Those responsible for this vile assault owe Zeldin an apology, and that includes Gershon.

For the record, the Catholic League would register a vigorous protest if a Republican organization were to send a mailer with graphic pictures of bloody unborn babies, attacking an abortion-rights Democrat.

Everyone talks about the need for civility these days, but with examples like this morally low-class attack on Rep. Lee Zeldin, it is obvious that not everyone is sincere.

William Donohue

William Donohue is the current president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States, and has held that position since 1993.

One thought on “Vicious Attack On Rep. Lee Zeldin – OpEd

  • November 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    To the contrary, this one-sided, biased report fails to note the many ways that Lee Zeldin has failed his district and has acted like a bully against both his opponent and the human beings who reside in his district. He has consistently voted to destroy the the lives of the middle class and of our most needy residents. Zeldin voted to take healthcare coverage away from over 300,000 constituents and to take Medicaid benefits from over a hundred thousand needy, poor people in our district. He also abandoned civility long ago. Lee Zeldin name-calls anyone who disagrees with him like a bully on a schoolyard playground, labeling his constituents “a special kind of stupid,” and saying the most disgusting things about his opponent. Perhaps worst of all, Lee Zeldin is a dishonest person. He lies every time he opens his mouth, over and over again. He shows up for $50,000 a plate dinners with billionaire Republicans in the Hamptons, and kicks the press out of his fundraisers featuring white supremacists Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, but has refused to face his constituents in a town hall setting for years, and even locks the doors to his taxpayer-funded Long Island offices. Lee Zeldin abandoned the tens of thousands of Veterans in his district when he gave up his seat on the Veterans Affairs Committee to instead rake in millions on the Financial committee. Zeldin hired thugs to tail his opponent and harass him from one end of this island to the other. He really is a despicable person. It is because Lee Zeldin is the anti-thesis of Christ’s teachings that he will be voted out on Nov. 6 for the unspeakable acts he has committed against the human beings who reside in NY-1.


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