It’s not hard to imagine the blowback Hochul’s impertinence generated; the phone calls doubtless came fast and furious — the message being clear: “Nice incumbency you got there, guv. Be a pity if something happened to it.”
To which Hochul might have replied: “Go to hell. This is my state, and I’m going to do what I can — what I must — to protect it.”
What a glorious, liberating moment that would have been – both for Hochul and for the Empire State itself.
But she said no such thing.
Of course not.