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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.

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