Steve Levy’s GOP gubernatorial aspirations took a beating in the North Fork Town of Southold late last week according to town GOP sources.
The Southhold town GOP committee held a straw poll Thursday night and found only 10 supported Levy while 18 opposed him for governor, according to one high level GOP source.
Denis Noncarrow, Southold GOP chairman, initially said there was only discussion of the gubernatorial race. When told of the reported results he acknowledged his committee “was very split,” but thought the outcome was closer. “A lot of people despise the guy,” he said, “But a bunch liked him.” However, others in attendance confirm that Lazio beat Levy easily.
The vote is embarrassing for Noncarrow who had already come out in support of Levy and raises questions about Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle claim that eight of 10 towns support Levy. Huntington and Islip have remained with Lazio.
“He was just being a good leader and wanted to take the temperature of his committee,” said one veteran Southold GOP committee member who was present. “A good leader doesn’t want to get too far out in front of his committee or else they wind up chasing you.”