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Nassau's Denenberg says he'll run if Suozzi doesn't

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said on Aug.

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said on Aug. 5, 2012, that he would enter the Democratic primary race for Nassau county executive if former County Executive Thomas Suozzi didn't run. This photo is from 2011 Photo Credit: David Pokress

If North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Roslyn businessman Adam Haber face off in a Democratic primary for Nassau county executive, Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said Tuesday he will join the race.

“If Kaiman’s in and Haber is in, I would relish that free for all and I’m in,” Denenberg said.

But if former County Executive Thomas Suozzi announces that he will run for county executive , Denenberg will stay on the sidelines.

“I don’t believe anyone can beat Suozzi in a primary,” Denenberg said, citing Suozzi’s $1 million campaign war chest and the support of current Democratic committee members. “His grip on Democrats likely to vote in a primary is probably too strong for anyone to loosen. If I don’t think I can win, I’m not in.”

Haber has already announced he is a candidate to run against Republican incumbent County Executive Edward Mangano. Kaiman said Monday he has established a campaign committee to explore running for county executive. Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs has lobbied Suozzi to run but Suozzi has yet to announce his decision.

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