New York Democratic Representative Tom Suozzi announced on Nov. 29 that he is running for governor of New York.
“I’m a common sense Democrat. I don’t believe it’s about going to the far left or to the far right,” Suozzi said at a virtual press conference.
Suozzi also released his campaign launch video, in which he said, “It’s not about being politically correct. It’s about doing the correct thing to actually help people.”
Suozzi joins an increasingly Democratic primary that includes current New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
Suozzi’s bid for New York governor means that he will not be running again for the congressional seat he first won in 2016, making him the 18th House Democrat to not be running for re-election in 2022.
Suozzi said that the potential of Democrats losing the majority in the House “wasn’t a big factor” in his decision to run for New York governor.
Suozzi also said that he will make sure his congressional seat goes to “another common sense Democrat.”
“It’s always a concern, because it’s a swing seat, so you have to listen to all the people,” Suozzi told reporters.
Over the weekend, Suozzi declined an offer from New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams to be his deputy mayor, announcing on Twitter that he believed the “best way” to help Adams and the city was in elected office.
Suozzi was the former mayor of Glen Cove, New York and served as Nassa County Executive before serving in Congress.
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