Representative Tom Suozzi enters gubernatorial race and becomes fourth Democrat to declare himself
Rep. Tom Suozzi entered the race for governor of New York on Monday, making him the fourth Democrat to officially throw his hat into the ring ahead of next year’s primary.
Suozzi will now be competing against his party’s other three declared candidates: Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and New York Public Counsel Jumaane Williams.
âNew York State has a budget of $ 200 billion,â Suozzi said. âYou need someone who has leadership experience, who has the ideology and the common sense approach, and who has the vision for what needs to be done in New York State. “
Suozzi is banking on his position as a political moderate within the Democratic Party to make his way to the nomination. He represents a district on Long Island, where Republicans swept Democrats in a handful of key races last year.
This has led Suozzi to the same prediction as other Democrats heading into next year: that voters have no appetite for candidates who see themselves more to the left than the party establishment.
Her entry into the race could take votes from Hochul, who also considers herself a moderate Democrat, and ultimately hand someone else, like Suozzi, the nomination.
James and Williams, meanwhile, are seen more to the left than Hochul and Suozzi, and could reduce each other’s votes, making it easier for another Democrat to win the primary. Suozzi’s entry into the race could now level the playing field, cutting off Hochul.
It won’t be the first time Suozzi has run for the top state job. He first ran for governor in 2006, but Democrats ultimately chose former Gov. Eliot Spitzer as the party’s candidate that year.
At the time, he had served a term as general manager of Nassau County after four terms as mayor of Glen Cove. He lost his re-election as county manager in 2009, and after a few failed returns, was elected to Congress in 2016.
His path to the nomination could build on his ability to raise funds before next year. As of September, his campaign account for Congress had about $ 3.1 million in cash, the documents showed. Hochul has already raised around $ 10 million for his campaign.
Suozzi, in recent years, has made repealing the recently imposed cap on state and local tax deductions a top priority in Congress.
Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, decided to cap these deductions at $ 10,000 in 2017. The aim was to free up funds to allow tax cuts for large companies and high incomes.
Prior to that, there was no cap on the deduction of state and local taxes from federal taxes. This has been seen to be of great benefit to high income people and those with high value homes.
About two weeks ago, the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would raise the cap from $ 10,000 to $ 80,000, but the change has yet to be approved by the Senate.
Next year’s governor’s primary will be in June.