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Nearly a month since former Nassau Executive Thomas Suozzi said he’d run for his old job, a fellow Democrat, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, still is “exploring” a campaign for executive against first-term Republican incumbent Edward Mangano.

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Declared Democratic candidate Adam Haber, meanwhile, is keeping his eyes on the prize fight. His campaign sent out a new mailing that shows the back of a car sticking out of the top floor of a house with the message, “If Nassau politicians taught people how to drive, our roads would be as much of a mess as our government.” Its text could target either Suozzi or Mangano or both where it says, “Nassau’s quality of life didn’t decline overnight. Political insiders ignored the warning signs for years.”

Separately, Suozzi created a bit of a buzz in GOP circles earlier this month by showing up at prominent Republican Joseph Cairo’s “Pat Cairo Family Foundation” dinner dance in Franklin Square, in support of those struggling with cancer. “It’s a worthwhile charity. I wanted to pay my respects,” was how Suozzi explained it Friday. “Even people in politics can be human beings.”