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Despite hype, upstate happy talk, and courteous interest from state party leader Ed Cox about Suffolk Executive Steve Levy  running as a Republican for governor, the firm resistance of certain GOPers who know Levy for many years seems assured. (Remember, Suffolk is also the stomping grounds of ex-Rep. Rick Lazio, above, who's looking for the GOP nomination).

As reported by Rick Brand,  "the GOP leader of Levy's hometown of Islip (Frank Tantone) lambasted Cox in a caustic letter, saying Levy "has tried to decimate the Republican Party" and Levy's nomination would be "an insult to every Republican in the state." Find full story  here.

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And, Levy's legislative votes earlier in the decade, as part of Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver's Assembly super-majority, are well remembered by other Long Island Republicans. Levy so far has declined requests to comment on the whole Republican question.

Lazio is due to take his turn in Mineola this afternoon basking in the Scott Brown victory in Massachussetts.

He's also expected to win the endorsement of Nassau GOP Chairman Joe Mondello, the man Cox replaced as state chairman.

Former congressman, Rick Lazio. (AP, 2001)