ALBANY - Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy almost sounded like an on-message New York Republican this week when he called on the state's Democratic attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, to challenge the federal health care overhaul just passed by a Democratic Congress.

After all, State Republican chairman Ed Cox had voiced that demand a week ago, and Levy's GOP rival for governor, Rick Lazio, chimed in 48 hours later.

But Levy's comments came only in response to a question from a reporter. And where Cox portrays the issue as a fight for freedom from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "radical agenda," Levy's main worry is keeping New York from getting "clobbered" with new Medicaid costs.

Taste of classic Levy

Two weeks into Cox's bold gamble on this former Democrat, Suffolk County political veterans say his party is experiencing classic Levy: