The Suffolk County executive who lost the Republican nomination for governor at the GOP convention in June, said in a statement today he will forgo a run as an independent candidate.
He’s also endorsing Rick Lazio, the fellow Long Islander and party nominee who is running in a primary against Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. And the Democrat-turned-Republican said he will stay a Republican and work with Republicans to win the Senate majority.
“While I realize that it would not be possible to win the governor’s seat without major party backing, I considered running on a third line in order to keep attention focused on important policies for which I care deeply,” Levy said in a statement.
“I am, however, heartened by the fact that many of the innovations I championed in my campaign have now been adopted by other candidates in the field,” Levy said, citing the calls for a property-tax cap and pension reforms being cited by the major party candidates.
Levy, a Democrat turned Republican, said Lazio “will work hard toward accomplishing many of the goals I had set out in my campaign.”