Lee Zeldin (R)[i]
Suffolk County (NY) Government (Chief of Staff / Elections Commissioner); Village of Amityville (Trustee); New York State Senate (Chief of Staff / Long Island Director); US House of Representatives (Veterans Advocate); GH Traders / Hoya Capital (Trader); US Navy (Surface Warfare Officer)[ii]
BS, US Naval Academy; MBA, Hofstra University; JD, Hofstra University – Maurice A. Deane School of Law[iii]
Election Integrity; Health Care; Inflation, Economy & Taxes; Law Enforcement; Mandates; National Debt; Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice; Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights; Roads & Bridges; Standing Up to China; Stand With Israel; Use of Military Force[iv]
On the Issues
LaLota opposes abortions in the second and third trimesters, with exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Following the Dobbs decision, he called on his supporters to “aim to elect State Assemblymembers, State Senators and a Governor who share their view on this issue,” and said he would support candidates who oppose second and third trimester abortions. He opposes New York’s “extreme lack of parental notification requirements” and has pledged to protect the Hyde Amendment in Congress.[v]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
LaLota has called on Congress to support trade deals and regulations that promote American manufacturing “while simultaneously ensuring we are not incentivizing American workers to stay home.” He also supports limiting federal spending, passing a balanced budget, and confirming members of the Fed who believe in the free market and will be “loyal” to its mandate “to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment and stable prices.”[vi]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
According to his campaign website, LaLota will work across the aisle to lower prescription drug prices and require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions and protect people from surprise medical bills. He supports allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices for seniors and requiring healthcare providers to disclose pricing information to patients.[vii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
LaLota has advocated for increasing the number of border agents and immigration judges. He supports finishing the border wall and making federal revenue sharing “contingent on reversing sanctuary city, county and state policies.”[viii] [ix]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
The son of a police officer, LaLota has called on Congress to “step up to make sure that our law enforcement is treated with the respect it deserves.” He supports the Protect & Serve Act, arguing the bill would “make police officers across all 50 states a protected class.”[x]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
LaLota believes the lack of voter ID, the proliferation of absentee ballots, and Big Tech’s political bias have caused “too many Americans to lose confidence in our elections.”[xi] He has called on perpetrators of election fraud to be held accountable and has expressed support for a national voter ID law and reducing “the reliance on mail-in ballots.”[xii] [xiii]
LaLota has encouraged students to consider trade schools over traditional four-year colleges and universities. He opposed an executive order issued by President Biden that canceled student debt for certain borrowers.[xiv] [xv]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
LaLota believes the federal government should “incentivize the safe extraction of America’s 43,800,000,000 barrels of proven oil reserves” by “approving and expediting permits to drill on federal land.”[xvi] He advocates for American energy independence and supported construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.[xvii] [xviii] He opposes the Green New Deal.[xix] [xx]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
LaLota believes that Big Tech has a political bias, and he has advocated for regulating these companies “to ensure its coding, which has tended to censor and suppress conservative news, is politically neutral or properly disclaims what they are censoring.” He supports legislation “that requires tech companies to provide a disclaimer when they are throttling news that tends to marginalize a political ideology or party.”[xxi]
A gun owner with a “deep respect for the Constitutional right to bear arms,” LaLota has pledged to do everything he can to “protect our rights to safely and responsibly protect ourselves and our families from the violent criminals who are overrunning our communities due to the direct abdication of duty by our Albany elected officials.”[xxii] He supports tighter enforcement of current laws rather than passing new gun safety legislation.[xxiii] foreign policy: LaLota said he will “stand up to China” and “support President Trump’s America First Agenda to oppose the Chinese Government’s unfair trade practices and once again promote American manufacturing.” A critic of the Chinese Communist Party, LaLota supports efforts to “hold China accountable for the destruction they caused by withholding critical information during the early days of th
[vi] “Inflation, Our Economy and Taxes,” Nick LaLota for Congress, accessed October 17, 2022, available at https://www.nicklalota.com/inflation-economy-and-taxes.
[viii] Nick LaLota Twitter, August 27, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1563498707576029186.
[ix] Nick LaLota Twitter, September 17, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1571137097922379782.
[xii] Nick LaLota Twitter, April 22, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1517636381740253184.
[xiii] Nick LaLota Twitter, September 12, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1569348870928228352.
[xiv] Nick LaLota Twitter, August 25, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1562799442503565312.
[xv] Nick LaLota Twitter, October 11, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1579790943364214784.
[xvi] “Inflation, Our Economy and Taxes,” Nick LaLota for Congress, accessed October 17, 2022, available at https://www.nicklalota.com/inflation-economy-and-taxes.
[xvii] “Inflation, Our Economy and Taxes,” Nick LaLota for Congress, accessed October 17, 2022, available at https://www.nicklalota.com/inflation-economy-and-taxes.
[xviii] Nick LaLota Twitter, August 6, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1555958623163109377.
[xix] Nick LaLota Twitter, October 5, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/nicklalota/status/1577851894751453184.
[xx] Christopher Walsh, “Competing Visions for the First Congressional District,” East Hampton Star, September 22, 2022, available at https://www.easthamptonstar.com/government/2022922/competing-visions-first-congressional-district.
[xxiii] Raymond Janis, “Figliola, LaLota face off in virtual GOP debate for NY CD1,” TBR News Media, August 11, 2022, available at https://tbrnewsmedia.com/figliola-lalota-face-off-in-virtual-gop-debate-for-ny-cd1/.