TODAY'S PAPER
Broken Clouds 41° Good Afternoon
Broken Clouds 41° Good Afternoon
Long IslandPoliticsSpin Cycle

Steve Levy, as expected, floats his name for governor

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (Nov. 20, 2009)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (Nov. 20, 2009) Photo Credit: Newsday File / Joseph D. Sullivan

Nearly three weeks ago, Rick Brand reported here  that Steve Levy was sounding like a wannabe for governor. Now, he's made it officially unofficial: He's in an "exploratory" stage of running for governor. He's claimed the "skill set" to do the job.

Here's Newsday's updated report on the details.

In the prospect of a three-way Democratic primary, against AG Andrew Cuomo and Gov. David Paterson, who benefits? Rick Lazio, also with a political career rooted in Suffolk, seems to be front-runner on the GOP side for the gubernatorial nomination. Levy, who'd certainly start out as a longshot -- maybe a little less of one than Tom Suozzi was in 2006 -- could damage Cuomo's chances by splitting the dump-Paterson vote. Paterson would still have his hands on the party machinery through Democratic state chairman Jay Jacobs.

Prediction: If Levy ends up announcing for governor, he won't do it at the famous Fiorello LaGuardia "lucky corner" at E. 116h St. and Lexington Avenue.

For the record: Levy would also be a third candidate with Italian-American roots likely to be in the scrum for the governorship this year, counting Cuomo and Lazio, and  the fourth Catholic, counting Paterson.

 Potential disability: Levy's alienation from Latinos in the Democratic Party.

Latest Long Island News

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to Newsday is free for Optimum customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE