Yes, that was former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi appearing Tuesday night on the Fox network show “Hannity.”
Democrat Suozzi has, for the most part, kept silent for the past two months as aides to his successor, Republican Edward Mangano, blamed him for just about every problem they encountered when they took power on Jan. 1st.
The Hannity show might not be the first place you would expect Suozzi to pick to resurface, but it makes some sense politically.
First, remember that Suozzi said after his loss to Mangano that he would never again run for a local office, so there’s little reason for him to pick a Long Island venue.
Second, he was less likely on a national show to answer specific questions about his record.
Third, Hannity, who grew up in Franklin Square, has been showing an interest in Long Island politics recently. He surfaced last month as a key supporter — perhaps the only supporter of any note — of Republican radio talk show host John Gomez, who wants to take on U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington.)
Finally, anyone out there who thinks Suozzi just happened to have some spare time on his hands and decided to do the show should consider this: an-mail blast about the appearance went out Tuesday afternoon fromFriends of Tom Suozzi. That’s his campaign committee.
Here’s the latest chatter on what might be next for Suozzi:
1) Gov. Paterson resigns and all sorts of stuff opens up in Albany — maybe a lieutenant governor with more charisma than Richard Ravitch.
2) Still a long-shot in the state attorney general race.
3) Maybe a challenger to U.S. Rep. King (D-Seaford), but that would be an uphill battle in the 3rd CD, where registered Republicans clearly outnumber Democrats.
\[Suozzi, by the way, is a consultant to Cablevision, which owns Newsday.\]