Levy’s Neighbor Chooses Lazio

Ed Mangano, the Republican Nassau county executive who unseated the favored Tom Suozzi, endorsed Rick Lazio for governor.

In a public statement, Mangano said, “Rick will be a stronger partner for reducing taxes and fostering a business climate that puts people back to work in Nassau County. Rick has the right experience and the right message to succeed in November.”

It’s a coup for Lazio since his rival, Steve Levy, is Mangano’s neighboring county executive. (See my story from this week’s paper.) And Levy has said he wants to be Scott Brown II.

Republican State Party Chairman Ed Cox, in an interview with me earlier this week, noted that Mangano’s upset victory in Nassau was before Brown’s victory in Massachusetts, which energized the Republican Party nationally.

“Wait a minute. We had Ed Mangano before they had Scott Brown,” Cox told me.