Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi announces bid for New York governor




  • In Politics
  • 2021-11-29 16:13:26Z
  • By Axios
 

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) announced Monday he will run for governor of New York in 2022.

Why it matters via Axios' Alayna Treene: Suozzi's announcement makes him the 18th House Democrat to announce he will not seek re-election. It comes as Democrats are increasingly concerned about their prospects of keeping the House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

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  • Suozzi is also a key House Democratic centrist who's been a lead player in ensuring the state and local tax deduction - a top priority for a number of Democrats in blue coastal states - is reinstated in Biden's Build Back Better package.

What he's saying: "I'm running for governor of New York state. I feel great about it and my family feels great about it," Suozzi said Monday.

  • "I have the background and proven ability to do this job," he added.

The big picture: His candidacy broadens the field of Democratic candidates challenging incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, who assumed the position after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid an investigation into sexual harassment accusations.

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) last month announced her candidacy.

  • For the Republican nomination, Andrew Giuliani - son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani - and Rep. Lee Zeldin have announced their candidacies.

Go deeper: Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority

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