It must have been a weird week for Gov. Kathy Hochul. On the one hand, it may have felt vindicating to have former Rep. Tom Suozzi – who called her an “interim governor” during last year’s campaign – make a special trip up to Albany to make his case before being nominated as the Democrat in the 3rd Congressional District special election. On the other hand, she’s now basically forced to get behind her one-time bitter rival, a man who accused her and her husband of corruption, because he had the support of other party leaders. Even with the special meeting, where Suozzi apologized for his past rhetoric, it’s hard to imagine past governors allowing Suozzi’s slights to slide. Some may say it’s weakness, others may say it’s a sign of putting personal grudges aside for the good of the party. Either way, the outcome of Suozzi’s race will reflect greatly on Hochul, good or bad.
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