Rep. Tom Suozzi exposed a bombshell on Thursday by saying that Hillary Clinton asked him to drop out from the 2022 gubernatorial race.
Suozzi said in a phone call he refused the request of Clinton because he feels “so strongly that the country is in a lot of trouble.”
“The state’s in a lot of trouble because people are leaving,” Suozzi said.
“We have a problem with crime. We have a problem with taxes. We have a problem with the Democratic Party — that we’re not talking to people about the issues that they really care about,” Suozzi added.
Suozzi said Clinton made the request to unify the party, especially that he is doing good in Congress.
Earlier, Suozzi has selected on Wednesday former City Councilwoman Diana Reyna as his running mate in his long-shot Democratic primary campaign to unseat Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Suozzi, a centrist Long Island Democrat, said he decided to tap Reyna as his running mate since she is “smart” and “experienced.”
“She understands land use. She understands affordable housing,” Suozzi said.
“She is also “very tough,” Suozzi added.
Suozzi, a 59-year-old from Glen Cove, labeled himself as a “common-sense” Democrat.
Reyna for her part is happy to be tapped as the running mate of Suozzi.
“New York doesn’t need to move to the left, and it doesn’t need to move to the right,” Reyna said.
“New York needs to move forward. It’s all about getting things done,” Reyna added.