North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth has formally taken herself out of contention for the seat of retiring Rep. Steve Israel.
Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said Bosworth, who had never expressed interest publicly in joining the crowded field of possible Democratic contenders, said she told him Monday that while she had considered the race “at the request of others, in the end, she loves her job as town supervisor” and will not be a candidate.
Bosworth joined Robert Zimmerman, a public relations executive and Democratic National Committeeman who over the weekend withdraw his name from consideration.
E. O’Brien Murray, campaign spokesman for Republican state Sen. Jack Martins, who is exploring a run for Israel’s seat, said Bosworth’s exit shows “Democrats are in disarray” in their bid to hold on to the seat.
“They tried to recruit Bosworth and failed,” Murray said. “It speaks to the strong potential for Jack Martins winning in November.”
Suffolk Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer downplayed the impact, saying Democrats have a deep bench. “Our loss of a candidate is North Hempstead’s gain in keeping her as a terrific supervisor,” Schaffer said of Bosworth.
Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, who has formed a fundraising committee but not formally announced his candidacy, said, “Judi Bosworth is an excellent public servant, but now the voters in the 3rd Congressional District are going to have to decide who is the best person to shake up Congress.”
Former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who announced his candidacy Sunday, said, “people like Judi Bosworth and Robert Zimmerman are friends who are talented, smart and electable. You bet I’m happy to see them focusing on things other than making the race.”
Kaiman plans to step down as head of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state board that controls the county’s finances, and as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s special assistant on superstorm Sandy relief.
Jacobs said he is talking “one by one” with remaining contenders and expects that Washington, D.C.-based Democrats likely will do polling once the field winnows.