‘Complete remission’: GOP Rep. Zeldin, top candidate for NY governor, reveals cancer battle

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) dropped a bombshell announcement last week regarding his recent health scare.

After privately battling cancer since November, he revealed on Saturday that he is in “complete remission” after completing treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia, Fox News reported.

“No evidence of this disease in my system”

Zeldin credited early detection for his recovery and indicated that he now expects a return to normal life.

In a statement, the congressman explained that he “began treatment with an immediately positive response and no side effects” following his diagnosis last year.

“Over the last 9 months, I have achieved complete remission, am expected to live a normal life, and my doctor says I currently have no evidence of this disease in my system,” he said, according to Fox.

The positive development also appears to be good news for the state’s Republican Party. Zeldin is commonly seen as one of New York’s most powerful Republicans — and after beating cancer, he is now focused on taking the fight to Democrats.

Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca, who treated Zeldin, explained that the lawmaker is left with “a chronic disease, which carries a normal life expectancy,” adding that he “is incredibly healthy, is expected to enjoy a normal life and has no evidence of disease.”

“They only respect strength”

Zeldin has continued to make headlines throughout his cancer battle, including his recent call for President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to resign over the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“We have an administration that does not know how to confront an adversary, understanding that they do not respect weakness, they only respect strength,” Zeldin said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last week.

In addition to his prominent role on Capitol Hill, Zeldin is seen as the leading GOP contender to become the next governor of New York.

County GOP leaders across the state have already named him as the “presumed” Republican nominee for the upcoming gubernatorial race. Of course, he is expected to face intraparty challenges in the primary race — most notably from Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Zeldin first announced his intention to run for governor in April, prior to the forced resignation of embattled former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now that the lawmaker has received a clean bill of health, it seems clear that next year’s race is shaping up to be an interesting one.

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