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Nassau's Denenberg says he'll run if Suozzi doesn't
If North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Roslyn businessman Adam Haber face off in a Democratic primary for Nassau county executive, Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said Tuesday he will join the race.
“If Kaiman’s in and Haber is in, I would relish that free for all and I’m in,” Denenberg said.
But if former County Executive Thomas Suozzi announces that he will run for county executive , Denenberg will stay on the sidelines.
“I don’t believe anyone can beat Suozzi in a primary,” Denenberg said, citing Suozzi’s $1 million campaign war chest and the support of current Democratic committee members. “His grip on Democrats likely to vote in a primary is probably too strong for anyone to loosen. If I don’t think I can win, I’m not in.”
Haber has already announced he is a candidate to run against Republican incumbent County Executive Edward Mangano. Kaiman said Monday he has established a campaign committee to explore running for county executive. Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs has lobbied Suozzi to run but Suozzi has yet to announce his decision.