Rep. Tom Suozzi announced New York gubernatorial campaign

New York Demokratiese Rep. Tom Suozzi on Monday announced his bid to become New York’s next governor.

We’re really at a crossroads right now. We don’t need cheerleading, we need leadership,” he said during his Zoom announcement.
In an accompanying campaign launch video he played during Monday’s call, Suozzi saidthe far left and the far right have gone too far. I’m interested in getting things done.
    I’ll work with anybody to actually solve problems and get things done for the people that I serve,” hy het gesê. “It’s not about being politically correct, it’s about doing the correct thing.
      Suozzi joins a Democratic primary that includes Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
        Suozzi said his argument against Hochul is thatI’m the only one with proven executive experience.Prior to his time in Congress, he served as county executive of Nassau County, New York, and was mayor of Glen Cove, New York.
        He declined to address questions that Hochulas the incumbent governoralso has executive experience. Hochul took office in August, after former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid multiple scandals, including a report from Jamesoffice that found Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 vroue.
          Suozzi’s announcement to run for governor is the latest in a string of more than dozen House Democrats who have decided to either retire or run for higher office ahead of the 2022 middeltermynverkiesings, where Democrats hold a thin majority. House Republicans are bullish that they can retake the majority next year.
          Suozzi, who was first elected to Congress in 2016, said he will make sure his seat goes toanother common sense Democrat.
          It’s always a concern, because it’s a swing seat, so you have to listen to all the people,” hy het gesê, adding that he has spoken with both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney about his decision, but that the potential of Democrats losing the majoritywasn’t a big factorin his decision.
          I came into Congress in the minority. I got things done in the minority,” hy het gesê, suggesting thatwe may not, we maybe in the minority.
          It doesn’t matter. I’m running for governor because I believe this is the job I am made for.
            Suozzi had been offered a job in New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ administrasie, but tweeted over the weekend that he was considering other options.
            When asked Monday if Suozzi would keep his options open to run for his House seat should his path to the governor’s office not pan out, he said hecan only run for one, and I’m running for governor.

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