In reading a Newsday article the other day in which two members of the GOP are backing Democrat, Steve Levy in his re-election bid as Suffolk County Executive, it reminded me of how he became our County Executive in the first place. During the 2003 Democratic primary which pitted Steve Levy against William Cunningham there were many Republicans coming to the polls to vote for Levy, but were told they could not. When it counted, they showed up in the General Election and delivered a blow-out victory for Steve Levy over his Republican challenger, Ed Romaine.
You are probably scratching your head as to why I am revisiting political history here in Suffolk County, NY and the reason is we are going to need a Democratic candidate running for president that can do the same. We will need one that can truly unite both Democrats and Republicans as we go forward. We will also need one with experience going forward.
In reading Governor Bill Richardson’s campaign web site, I saw a similarity between Steve Levy and Bill Richardson as one reads, “I just got re-elected with 69 percent of the vote-in a red state- and I got 40 percent of the Republican vote. I can bring people together to solve problems.” I find it remarkable that 40 percent of Republicans living in a red state would vote for a Democrat. It must mean that he is doing something right for the people of that western state.