Suozzi becomes fourth Democrat to enter New York governor’s race

Publication: Politico
By: Bil Mahoney
Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill Sept. 9, 2021. | Francis Chung/E&E News

ALBANY, N.Y. — Rep. Tom Suozzi on Monday jumped into the 2022 race for governor of New York, increasing the size of the declared Democratic primary field to four candidates.

The Long Island resident, who is serving his third term in Congress, characterized himself as a “common-sense Democrat” who shouldn’t be given a label like “moderate.” But it’s clear he’ll be running as a centrist, attempting to win support from party members who might otherwise back Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took office in August following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo.

Hochul is already facing primary challenges from New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and state Attorney General Tish James, both of whom have begun to seek support to Hochul’s left. Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is also exploring a run.

“The far right and the far left have gone too far, and they’re stopping us from getting things done,” Suozzi said in a campaign launch video.

Voters are “sick of all this finger-pointing,” he said on a Zoom press conference Monday morning. “They want commonsense elected officials who are focused on getting stuff done for people, not about messaging. They want somebody who actually has the experience … I’ve been doing this for 28 years.”