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Nassau Dem Rice sees AG lift with Levy run

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (Sept. 14,

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (Sept. 14, 2006) Photo Credit: Newsday File / Ed Betz

Who is most excited about Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy’s plans to run for governor?
The only other local person hatching plans for a statewide run this fall: Democratic Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, according to one Rice aide.
Though Levy wants to be governor and Rice attorney general, and though they are now in different parties, Rice insiders say they hope that - should both candidates make it to the general election - Levy would bring out Long Island voters also likely to vote for Rice. They say Rice is a strong draw for crossover voters - since she won reelection in November when other top members of her party were ousted.
Moreover, Rice’s camp says if Levy is the Republican nominee, the Democrats will need her on the ticket more, since they say she stands a much stronger chance than her rivals of winning Long Island. Traditionally, successful Republican candidates have counted on Long Island’s conservative voters to offset the many votes Democrats are ensured in the city.
Finally, Rice insiders say the inevitable Rice-Levy comparison can only help Rice, who they see as having been targeted by her opponents as too "moderate". Next to Levy, Rice will have opportunities to tout her progressive values, her supporters said.

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