There still seems to be no way the numbers add up to Steve Levy getting in a GOP primary for governor, but the Suffolk County Executive is going to name a preferred running mate prior to the party convention.
Three women top the list of possible runing mates and that could appeal to the party since there are no other Republican women running for statewide office. Rick Lazio has named a man as his lieutenant governor designee.
The problem for some of the ladies is that they currently hold office and are up for reelection this year. Who wants to give up a safe Assembly or County Clerk seat for the very dubious prospect of trying to defeat Andrew Cuomo this fall ?
As for Levy, since he is not a registered Republican, he needs 50% and not just 25% of the convention vote to get a spot on the primary ballot. Rival Rick Lazio is said to have just over 50% but that could erode quickly as its tough to vote for a frontrunner who is 40 poiints behind in the polls.
No word on Carl Paladino's plans, but since he is seeking the primary spot through petition, he could just take whatever running mate the convention and primary process produce.
Levy’s LG Short List?