L.I. Dem Mulls Run for Governor on Conservative Line

By Victoria Cavaliere
|  Monday, Mar 15, 2010  |  Updated 8:11 PM EDT
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Steve Levy Speaks About Possible Gov Run

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a registered Democrat, says he's seeking support from Conservative Party leaders as he considers a run for governor as a Republican.

Levy, a Democrat, told NBCNewYork that he met today with several upstate Conservative leaders to try and earn their support to get on the ballot as a Republican.  "They've invited me to come to talk to them.  I said that's just fine.  They like my fiscal conservatism," he said.

Levy reportedly met in Brooklyn Sunday with Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long.  Long said his executive committee likely will endorse former Republican Rep. Rick Lazio, but indicated that a change is not impossible, the Daily News reported.

For his part, Levy said he also hasn't ruled out running as an independent or making a play for the Democratic nomination.  Gov. David Paterson has said he won't run, and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has yet to make his interest in the office official.

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