In the closely watched battle for former Rep. George Santos’ open House seat, Tom Suozzi and Mazi Pilip dove into a fierce exchange over gun safety regulations last Thursday.
During a press conference, Suozzi focused on gun safety while criticizing his opponent, saying she was “unvetted and unprepared, and will make things worse.” Suozzi emphasized his support for measures such as banning semi-automatic assault weapons and implementing universal background checks.
Mothers like Glen Head resident Ann Koch, a retired teacher at the North Shore School District’s high school, who was present during a 2018 school lockdown, said she’s not surprised by the Republican party’s choice in selecting their candidate.
“I don’t understand their choice because she is unvetted and she isn’t experienced,” Koch said. “We have the experienced guy, we have the guy who knows how to get around Congress in the house, so they live with their choice.”
With the backing of Moms Demand Action, Suozzi jabbed at his opponent, accusing her of shrouding her stances in ambiguity and failing to provide transparent answers to pressing questions. He asserted that Pilip’s failure to clearly articulate her positions on issues like an assault weapon ban and universal background checks raised concerns about her preparedness for the congressional role. Suozzi cast Pilip’s stated support for a machine gun ban as an attempt to “hoodwink” voters into thinking she supports a revival of the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.