Tom Suozzi, once a rising star of the New York State Democratic Party, will launch a campaign for Nassau County executive, the Long Island newspaper Newsday reported Wednesday, just four years after being unseated from that post by Republican Ed Mangano.
The Newsday report:
Suozzi served two terms as county executive and was only the second Democrat to lead the once GOP-dominated county just east of New York City. In 2006, he ran for the Democratic nomination for governor, but he failed to earn 20 percent of the vote against then-state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Even after that lopsided defeat, his political star shined bright: A WashingtonPost.com columnist listed him as the favorite in 2008 to be named to replace then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who had just been designated as President-elect Obama's secretary of state.
Suozzi is a relatively late entrant to this year's race, and he may not face a clear path to his party's nomination, to say nothing of a general election. But if he gets his old job back, the 50-year-old Suozzi could also reclaim his position as one of the most prominent Democratic bench players in the Empire State, perhaps leading to another shot at Albany eventually.
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