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Steve Levy dissed: Lazio nominated NY Governor candidate by Republicans

Here is the News from The New York Times:

(excerpt from)
A Raucous G.O.P. Convention Favors Lazio for Governor

Former Representative Rick A. Lazio emerged as the Republican Party’s preferred candidate for governor at an often raucous convention in Manhattan on Wednesday, leaving the party’s hopes in the hands of a candidate who even its own chairman has not embraced…

The results dealt a fatal blow to the efforts of Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive, to become the nominee of a party he joined only in March…

Mr. Levy, who failed to win enough votes to get on the Republican ballot. [Editor’s note: Ouch! That stings. No hope for the Republican line!]…

Minutes after the vote, Mr. Levy was defiant as he addressed reporters, saying he could not yet support Mr. Lazio because he, like Mr. [Carl] Paladino, was weighing creating a Tea Party-influenced third-party line to run on.

But his usual peppiness was visibly muted.

“Right now I am still pondering whether or not there is an independent line to consider that would give me further opportunity to continue talking about the issues that are important to me, so that’s a decision that will be made over the next couple of days,” Mr. Levy said…


Commentary from KW: And, how does this news relate to our Green Party-focused blog? Well, we also cover Long Island politics and the NY Governor’s race. And, Steve Levy has hinted that he may be scoping out “independent” ballot lines. In New York, an independent ballot line can mean a “made-up party”, or one of the parties who are non-automatic ballot status, such as Libertarian or Green Party. I think Levy would be hard-pressed to find Green Party support in his home turf of Suffolk County, though. In the past, the Green Party has been more likely to run people against him, than to support him.

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