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You don't have to be a Dem to not love Levy's run

Now that GOP State Chairman Ed Cox is in the Steve Levy camp -- and even for some time before this -- some of those who opposed his election to the post are expressing concern about what happens internally if Levy actually becomes governor.

One concern here is that once empowered, Levy will not work with the GOP organization. Another is that Levy, as lifelong Democrat, will carry his own banner but not  Republican platforms. Levy's defenders are clear: They think he has at least some chance to pull of a win with his high-volume fiscal message and that Rick Lazio cannot snare a conservative base. Another consideration: Long Islanders down-ballot think Levy at the top can help lift other Reublicans running for legislative seats, with the state Senate majority in the balance.

Then there is the candidacy of Chris Cox, as brought up in the Lazio camp. The chairman's son will want that Levy lift if he gets the nomination against Rep. Tim Bishop -- and can undoubtedly count on Levy's direct endorsement.

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