The Long Island US House member joins a crowded field looking for former NY Governor Cuomo’s job….
Current NY Governor Holchul is currently polling ahead of the field that includes Attorney General Tish James by double digits….
The list is all Democrats…
We’ll see who actually ends up running by November of next year….
One might think this will come down to who can carry the New York City vote into the primary next year…
His running will give House Democratic leader Pelosi another headache to worry about….
Representative Thomas Suozzi, a Long Island Democrat, intends to announce on Monday that he will enter the race for governor of New York, broadening the field of candidates challenging the incumbent, Kathy Hochul, according to five people who have spoken with the congressman and his team in recent days.
Mr. Suozzi, who has most recently focused on federal negotiations over raising a cap on state and local tax deductions, has positioned himself as a vocal centrist who is quick to lash what he casts as the excesses of his party’s left wing.
His decision to run for governor, which he is expected to announce at an 11 a.m. news conference, will intensify and complicate the battle for moderate voters in one of the nation’s marquee Democratic primary contests next year.
Mr. Suozzi, a former Nassau County executive, could cut into parts of the coalition Ms. Hochul is seeking to assemble on Long Island and in suburbs around the state. And in a crowded field, the race increasingly appears to be fluid and unpredictable.
Mr. Suozzi, a strong fund-raiser, nevertheless would face steep challenges in a statewide Democratic primary.
While early polling has limited value ahead of a primary slated for next June, he was in the single digits in a recent survey. Ms. Hochul, the state’s first female governor who has consistently led the field in early polls, has an overwhelming head start in fund-raising and endorsements.
Other candidates in the race also have the kind of history-making potential that Mr. Suozzi, a white man, does not — most notably Attorney General Letitia James, who could be the first Black female governor in the country should she win….
A deeper look at things from the Right from RRH Elections ...Here….
This will be Tom Suozzi’s second try for the Governorship….
He ran 15 years ago and lost to Eliot Spitzer, who like Cuomo….
Quit before his term was up…..
image…Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times