Dumbass move of the week
And there are my GOP backers.
L.I. Democrat Takes On Spitzer in Governor Race
By PATRICK D. HEALY
GLEN COVE, N.Y., Feb. 25 — Thomas R. Suozzi, the Nassau county executive and a self-styled renegade Democrat, announced Saturday that he was challenging Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for his party's nomination for governor, running as an underdog who will rely to an unusual degree on businesses leaders who have been sued by Mr. Spitzer and New Yorkers who dislike his tactics.
Mr. Suozzi's bid, declared at a boisterous rally in his Long Island hometown here, stands as a direct affront to the New York Democratic Party, which is behind Mr. Spitzer with rare unanimity in the hope of electing the first Democrat as governor since Mario M. Cuomo was defeated in 1994.
"This will be a tough fight: My opponent will have the vote of almost every single Democratic Party boss," Mr. Suozzi told a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters, after taking the stage to the music of U2's "Beautiful Day."
Yet it is Mr. Suozzi's support from Mr. Spitzer's enemies that could make for an especially fractious and unpredictable season up to the Democratic primary in September.
Mr. Suozzi's aides say he has amassed more than $10 million in donations and pledges so far, twice the amount of cash on hand that he announced last month, though that fund-raising estimate could not be independently verified.
Of his $5 million on hand, more than $1 million has come with the help of business leaders like Kenneth G. Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot, who have been sued by the attorney general's office, according to several donors and campaign finance records. Mr. Langone is part of a suit alleging mishandling of New York Stock Exchange compensation.
Mr. Spitzer announced $19 million in cash on hand last month. Mr. Suozzi is aiming to raise $20 million to be competitive in advertising. His camp is assuming that Mr. Spitzer will ultimately have $30 million or more.
Allies of Mr. Suozzi predict that the anti-Spitzer faction will contribute millions more toward his $20 million goal. But they also said they expected to win votes from other New Yorkers who believe Mr. Spitzer has been overzealous in his prosecutions and heavy-handed in his tactics.
Political suicide, step right up and watch Tom Suozzi kill his political future.
And these New Yorkers pissed at Spitzer would be?
I cannot imagine why he would take money from GOP sources and expect to beat back Spitzer, especially people he's gone after. The local netroots will be all over him, as will the Spitzer campaign. If Lierberman is getting hammered for his actions, being in the pay of the GOP and claiming you want to clean up Albany isn't going to work in the year of the collapse. I know Schumer has been whispering in his ear, but Suozzi is literally charging a machine gun. Spitzer has a national profile and only Wall Street is pissed at him.
Those people who lost half their 401K's see him as a hero for putting those people on trial. Now here comes Tom Suozzi to talk about corruption when he's taking money from the people who stole their money.
What exactly is he thinking?
He drops out before any primary.
posted by Steve @ 12:51:00 AM