Exit Interview with Thomas Suozzi

Friday, December 11, 2009

The New York Times called his defeat "A Misguided Tax Revolt". Outgoing Naussau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, discusses the election and his plans for the future.


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Comments [9]

Democratic Committee Person from Nassau County

Mr. Suozzi's complaint that low voter turnout was the reason that he lost, ignores the fact that he was the reason for the low Democratic turnout. When we walked petitions this summer, we had Democrats that weren't happy that he was running again.

His reach for state wide office, the Home Energy Tax, and his late and lackluster campaign contributed to him pulling down the rest of the ticket.

If all politics is local, then we can't blame a national trend. He didn't do his job as the Top of the Ticket.

Dec. 12 2009 01:19 AM
robert from Westchester

Tom Suozzi's analysis is correct; this election cycles' results in suburban New York was primarily a result of an extremely low vote in the Democratic column compared to previous elections for the same offices. Why that was the case is of course open to debate-it seems hard to square opposition to property tax increases with a vote against Suozzi based upon his record. All the self appointed arm chair pundits should pay close attention to the opinions of those 'in the arena'. All citizens should fear the foolish policies that may now be adopted based upon ignorant interpretations of the voters' intentions.

Dec. 11 2009 04:01 PM
sab9 from Suffern, NY

Commenting on the idea that Barak Obama's election heralded a return by the population to "the public interest" in the cycle of public versus private. The elections that swept Republicans into office was a reassertion of private interest, which was there all along and was briefly overwhelmed by a surge of anger and populism on the part of democrats and, more importantly, by sectors of the public - the working poor and minority groups that swept Republicans out of office in 2008. But those who support the notion of private interest did not go away or change their ideas. To sustain interest in the public good there has to be a sea-change in the perceptions on the part of all Americans that supporting the public good results in bettering the private sector as well.

The current movement to private interests began with Reagan, and a whole generation has now grown up believing in that philosphy. Forty-somethings who make up the middle and upper-middle classes are capitalists in the extreme, from resisting government regulation on industry of any kind, to the emphasis on accruing money and goods as the only measure of success.

Dec. 11 2009 10:56 AM
Ordinary Patriot from NJ

Voters rejected this man because they were outraged at cameras that capture drivers ignoring traffic lights? Even the smirking thugs and self-wounding morons here in New Jersey aren't that ignorant. Bravo Mr. Suozzi; you tried.

Dec. 11 2009 10:45 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Wow, there are a bunch of selfish and indulgent anarchists living in Naussau County.

Dec. 11 2009 10:44 AM
frank Weikman from Farmingdale

It didn't help that Suozzi let it be known that he wanted to move on to higher office. He ran an uninspired campaign and threw the rest of the Dems under the bus. Papers like the LI Press didn't help with their analysis of his uninspired leadership

Dec. 11 2009 10:39 AM
hjs from 11211

sounds like he was in office too long

Dec. 11 2009 10:39 AM
Steven Mark from Manhattan UES

I'm not in Mr. Suozzi's district. Politicians on both sides continue to ignore the power of the undeclared third party, Independents, who occupy some 15% to 20% in the middle. Fail to speak to them at your peril.

Dec. 11 2009 10:38 AM
hjs from 11211

i hope we see him again real soon!

Dec. 11 2009 09:18 AM

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