Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano insists he will stay in office while he defends himself against federal corruption charges. But Republican Party leaders might have other ideas in the coming weeks and months as they strategize about the 2017 election.
Mangano is unlikely to seek a third term next year, so if he left early he would give the GOP a head start by having its nominee run as an incumbent. The county charter says a majority of the Nassau legislature can name a new county executive to complete a term when there is a vacancy.
Nassau GOP leader Joseph Mondello has been looking for a job for former Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who lost her bid for district attorney last year. And state Sen. Jack Martins could want the post if he loses his tough race against Democrat Tom Suozzi for Congress. Former legislator Bruce Blakeman is also a contender. But if the GOP didn’t want to commit so fast to its 2017 nominee, Gregory Peterson, former Hempstead Town presiding supervisor, might be persuaded to take on the task temporarily.
This originally appeared in The Point, a daily newsletter from the editorial board.