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Run, Steve Levy, Run!

The last best hope for a Jewish N.Y. governor

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy.(Suffolk County)

With Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson still clinging to power despite a pretty damning scandal involving his alleged intervention in an aide’s assault case, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch likely won’t get the chance to cure the two-year-long drought in New York—the republic’s most Jewish state!—of not having a Jewish chief executive.

But on the Republican side, there’s now a chance. Some Republicans who are dissatisfied with the current prohibitive favorite for their nomination—that would be Rep. Rick Lazio, best remembered as Hillary Clinton’s original Senate opponent in 2000—have inquired as to whether Lazio’s fellow Long Islander Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive, is interested in running for the GOP nod.

Levy is—how shall I put this?—a Democrat. But this is the same state whose main city has elected a lifelong Democrat who turned Republican, and then turned independent, as mayor. Three times. Besides, for us, Levy will be of neither the Republicans nor the Democrats, but rather of the Tribe. (OK, so his mother’s Italian. We’re trying here.)

GOP Sounds Out a Democrat as Governor [NYT]
Earlier: NYT Story Opens Door for Ravitch [NYT]
Paterson Won’t Run; Is Ravitch Next? [NYT]

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Hersh Adlerstein says:

I see, better a half-Jewish half-Italian governor who is sort of a former Democrat and sort of a newly converted Republican, than – oh,for example – a complete Italian American son of a former real Democrat governor. Is this good for the Jews? Should we now begin to cheer?

Annette Smith says:

Hersh is right on! This article reflects a reverse discriminiation that is at the very least extremely embarrassing to us as Jews! Cuomo is the best choice, no matter what his heritage!

Garry says:

Cuomo is not worthy to be Governor. We don’t have hereditary public positions in this country. Nevertheless, your article about Levy is shameful. He isn’t Jewish, but that isn’t the issue. The issue is that you think we voters are just so dumb that his ancestry or last name should be of any consequence.The only thing that counts is his record and what he stands for. By the way, don’t think Jewish voters ae in the pocket of the democratic Party. Not any more.

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