March 19th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
5 years ago

NY Republicans embrace party-switcher for governor

There's been yet another twist in the saga of the New York governor's race.

Democrat Steven Levy, county executive in New York City suburb Suffolk, said Friday he has switched parties and will run as a Republican.

The single most important thing the people of New York want to hear in the race this year is not 'what party do you belong to.' They want to hear 'what is your plan to rescue our state?' Levy said, according to a statement.


Levy was joined at his campaign announcement by New York State Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox, who endorsed the campaign.

A Levy spokeswoman said the switch was driven by a common concern about New York's dire financial situation. They were the party who supported his platform of fiscal conservatism, spokeswoman Rene Babich said.

Former New York Congressman Rick Lazio has been considered the likely contender for the Republicans.

A Lazio representative said Levy's comments about the Recovery Act pegged him as too liberal for the Republican party.

It is inconceivable that the Republican and Conservative Parties would support a liberal Democrat who called Obama's stimulus bill 'manna from heaven' and said that it would 'save lives,' said Lazio spokesman Barney Keller.

Of course, the Democrats have their own share of drama in the governor's race.

Andrew Cuomo, the state's attorney general, became the frontrunner when embattled Gov. David Paterson ended his campaign amid an ethics scandal – one week after he had formally launched his campaign.


Filed under: 2010 • New York • Rick Lazio • Steven Levy
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. jm for sc

    He was a Republican to begin with. Another wolf in sheeps clothing.

    March 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Independant Thinker

    Did you listen to your own comment about what the people of New York don't care about? ...."is not what party you belong to...."

    Then why the switch?

    You decided to run as a Republican and I can see you're qualified.
    You've already started lying.

    March 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Bruce

    How is it that he thinks he can win as a turncoat republican?

    March 19, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. jay in denver

    The single most important thing the people of New York want to hear in the race this year is not 'what party do you belong to.' They want to hear 'what is your plan to rescue our state?' Levy said, according to a statement.

    He then apparently added nothing about his plan and everything about his party.

    I'm confused.

    March 19, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Realist

    Ok if the people according to you Steven Levy, *the people of New York want to hear in the race this year is not 'what party do you belong to.' They want to hear 'what is your plan to rescue our state?'*

    Why did you switch than if it didn't matter what party you belonged to? If you have a good plan as a republican( once a democrat) wouldn't you have the same plan as a democrat before you switched? So why the switch? Same ol' political windbag like the rest.

    March 19, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Chuck in CSG

    RINO – In it to win it!

    March 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. GJ

    Desperate much? Are you really that afraid of Cuomo that you have to jump ship at the slightest change of tides? Sad.

    March 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Felly

    This guy is not smart. What a moron and a hypocrite!

    March 19, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Quote
    The single most important thing the people of New York want to hear in the race this year is not 'what party do you belong to.' They want to hear 'what is your plan to rescue our state?' Levy said, according to a statement.
    Unquote

    Sounds like a true politician to me. They change parties with the tide, but say that party doesn't matter.

    March 19, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |