Zeldin Hasn’t Toned Down Hawkishness for Moderate District

The freshman has been outspoken on foreign policy, becoming a national voice opposing the Obama administration’s approach.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
July 8, 2015, 6:49 a.m.

Des­pite rep­res­ent­ing a mod­er­ate swing dis­trict, Rep. Lee Zeld­in (R) “has seized a space as one of the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s most en­er­get­ic — and caustic — spokes­men on for­eign af­fairs. He has be­come a Fox News staple, of­ten reel­ing off one-liner barbs on Pres­id­ent Obama’s hand­ling of the Is­lam­ic State, or the Ir­aqi army’s per­form­ance in battle.”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY 02), “a mod­er­ate Re­pub­lic­an fre­quently crit­ic­al of the party’s lead­er­ship, noted that … Zeld­in had taken a more or­tho­dox con­ser­vat­ive path in Wash­ing­ton. ‘We’re not close, but we talk gen­er­ally on is­sues that af­fect Long Is­land,” … King said. ‘We’ve gone some dif­fer­ent ways on a few votes. … I think it’s al­ways go­ing to be a tough seat for any­one to hold — either party.’” (New York Times)


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