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For Nassau politicians, it’s never too early to ponder the possibility of future political races.
If District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, should run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who is fighting cancer, and if Rice should win, political insiders are already speculating on who would take Rice’s DA job, a coveted slot that carries a lot of power and publicity.
If the district attorney’s office becomes vacant, the governor has the authority to appoint a replacement who would serve until the next general election. Many people have suggested former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, a Democrat and former district court judge, would be a likely choice. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put Kaiman in charge of overseeing Sandy projects on Long Island and also named him chairman of the county’s financial board.
But what Republicans would seek DA? Political insiders say Nassau Republican chairman Joseph Mondello’s preferred candidate would be longtime Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, 64. There has also been speculation that Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who has been touted by Republicans as a top candidate for McCarthy’s seat, would like the district attorney’s job.
“It’s far too early for any decisions to have been made,” Mondello said Tuesday about the district attorney race. “However, John Venditto would be an excellent candidate.”
However, all speculation about district attorney is premature because Rice has yet to announce whether she will make the run.