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.