The Democratic primary election for New York governor got even more crowded on Monday as Long Island MP Tom Suozzi tossed his hat into the ring.
Suozzi is a retired Nassau County executive serving his third term in Congress. He previously ran for governor in 2006, but was put down in the primary by then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
He also turned down an offer from longtime ally Eric Adams to become deputy mayor of New York City, instead making the gubernatorial offer.
Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams have already voted for next year’s campaign, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has also indicated a possible run. There is also the ongoing speculation about former Governor Andrew Cuomo who has said he will not run.
A Data for Progress poll released last week found that Suozzi was a distant fifth in a field of six, just ahead of De Blasio. The same poll found that 65% of likely primary voters had no opinion about Suozzi at all.