Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s expected move to quit the Democratic Party and run for governor as a Republican is getting lots of attention – yes, from pols and residents on Long Island, but perhaps even more so from observers just about everywhere else.

Some outlets to pick up the news include regulars like The New York Daily News, which, in addition to multiple blog posts and news items, ran an Op-Ed today by Levy on how to fix the state’s economy, The New York Times the New York Post and The New York Observer, as well as Crain’s New York Business and Politico.com.

In many stories, GOP and Democratic reps weighed in.

There was also losts of chatter on Twitter. Do searches for #NYgov or “Steve Levy” and you’ll come up with a long list of proponent and critics.

Here’s a taste:

@colinschmitt says Levy’s plan is indicative of a GOP “w/ no bench,” adding, “We need to rebuild the NYGOP from the ground up.”

@obilon, an apparent Suffolk County resident, is supportive of the Suffolk exec.: “Steve Levy did a pretty good job with Suffolk County these passed years. Some things I didn't agree with but overall we're in good shape.

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@TheRickWilson says, “Levy isn't perfect, but a major Dem on Long Island flipping is remarkable.”

And on Newsday’s Facebook fan page, comments range from calling Levy a “fair-weather politician” for “dumping the Democratic Party,” to someone who believes Levy “would make a good Republican & a good governor.”

After Levy officially makes the jump, expect an even bigger response.

 

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