Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.

When it comes to a certain Hempstead institution, one politician's stop on the path to power can be another's Bermuda Triangle.

In October 2008, the Hofstra University presidential debate was billed as John McCain’s last chance to deliver a knockout blow to Barack Obama. McCain failed.

At Hofstra in October 2009, Suozzi debated challenger Edward Mangano. Suozzi then lost.

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At Hofstra Feb. 20, Gov. David Paterson announced his candidacy -- only to withdraw six days later.

Those are some defining moments.