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Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

It was billed as a roast of Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer, but County Executive Steve Levy ended up on the spit at last week's party fundraiser.

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi joked that Levy, a Republican, wanted to be at Schaffer's 10-year anniversary bash but was in Arizona advising the governor on how to toughen his immigration policies. Another line from Suozzi: "Until Steve Levy ran for governor, everyone said I ran the worst gubernatorial campaign in the history of the state."

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Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone, the leading Democratic contender for the executive post in 2011, said he's noticed that Levy has been spending much more time in Babylon. "I thought he was interested in running for town supervisor," he said.

Former Suffolk Legis. Brian Beedenbender, once described as a "Levy clone" and now Brookhaven chief of staff, "credited" Schaffer with getting Levy out of the Democratic Party. "Do you know anyone else . . . who could engineer . . . Steve's going from a donkey to an elephant and still managing to make an ass out of himself every day?"

In response, Levy, who was not at the roast, said, "I think most of the roasters' comments were pretty funny, but Brian's showing an ungrateful streak, given he would not have achieved public office without me or my support."