(PresidentialWire.com)- New York Governor Kathy Hochul has appointed Democrat Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY) to the position of Lieutenant Governor. This means the Democrats have lost yet another House member ahead of the November elections. Brian Benjamin, the previous Lt. Governor, resigned last month after being charged with bribery.
Hochul, herself was sworn in last year to replace disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo had his own scandals, which included several sexual harassment accusations and alleged violations of state and federal law.
In a statement, Hochul stated she was honored to nominate Antonio Delgado, an extraordinary leader, and public servant, as Lieutenant Governor of New York. She also said she looked forward to working with him to “usher in a new age of fairness, equity, and prosperity for communities across the State.” She claimed Representative Delgado had a proven track record in Congress doing exactly that. She further said they would both create history and make a difference.
According to reports, with 221 Democrats and 209 Republicans in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi commands a razor-thin Democratic majority. Delgado’s departure will shave even more of that advantage ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, which Republicans are projected to win handily.
Meredith Kelly, a veteran Democratic strategist, praises Pelosi for keeping her party united during vital moments. Although it’s never ideal to have a slim majority, she believes Speaker Pelosi is one of the few people who know how to navigate that tightrope. Kelly, who worked as the communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, feels that because Pelosi grants leeway to weak members when they need it, she earns loyalty in return at critical times.
But there are five vacancies in the chamber, and four are expected to be replaced with Republicans.
Judging by the poll numbers for the economy and upcoming midterm elections, Pelosi will need non-slip socks for that tightrope.