Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, a Republican, raised some eyebrows last week when he tweeted congratulations to Democrat Thomas Suozzi, a former Nassau County executive who won a five-way primary for the Democratic nomination for Congress June 28.
“Congratulations Tom. Great Campaign! Great Win!” Maragos tweeted on his personal Twitter account.
But Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello was far from upset.
“I know Tom Suozzi very well. I get along with Tom Suozzi very well,” Mondello said Tuesday. “Frankly, I am sending him a congratulatory note, too, on his primary victory.”
Mondello said he had heard a lot of talk about Suffolk Legis. Steve Stern being a tough opponent in the race. “I didn’t know how strong Suffolk would come out for Stern but obviously not strong enough because Tom was able to pull it off. God bless him. Good for him,” Mondello said.
What about November?
“We’ll see what happens in November,” Mondello said.
State Sen. Jack Martins (D-Old Westbury) is expected to be the Republican candidate in November for the congressional seat being vacated by Steve Israel. But political hopeful Philip Pidot is pressing for a new primary in federal court after a state court judge ruled he was eligible to run as a Republican ballot but there was not enough time to get Pidot’s name on the primary ballot by last Tuesday.
Suozzi could not be reached for comment.