Big endorsements in race for Nassau County Executive

    Bill Clinton for Tom Suozzi: Rudy Giuliani for Mangano

    LONG ISLAND, NY (TIP): Nassau County Executive election has reached an all time high feverish pitch. Both Mangano and Suozzi are leaving nothing to chance. If Tom loses, it will mean not only an end to his political career but also beginning of end to any power that Democrats ever had in the County. To Mangano, on a personal level, loss of election may only mean being out of power but the Republican Party will certainly get a painful kick Tom Suozzi received the nod from former President Bill Clinton at a fundraiser in Great Neck October 23 night. Clinton told supporters, numbering around 500, the candidate has “the only credible plan to get young people back here and to get jobs back here.” Clinton stressed that he “likes, admires and personally supports Tom Suozzi,” and that Suozzi was able to straighten out Nassau County’s finances through bold decision making. In his remarks, Suozzi touted his record and said Mangano “drove the county into a ditch” with his fiscal policies.

    Rudy Giuliani endorses Mangano

    “We can make this the greatest place in the country — the model for a new suburbia,” Suozzi said. Suozzi has also been endorsed by New York’s two Democratic senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and by Democrats in Long Island’s House delegation. While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not endorsed Suozzi by name, on Sunday he told state Democratic leaders in Rye Brook that he is “supporting Democrats across the board statewide in county executive and mayoral races,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said Wednesday, October 23. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s reelection bid at campaign events in Bethpage and Syosset on Thursday, October 24. Mangano, a Republican who is running against former two-term Democratic county executive Thomas Suozzi, has focused his campaign message on not having raised taxes. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, for my record of freezing property taxes, creating jobs and reducing crime by 10% since 2010,” Mr. Mangano said.

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