Alan Greenblatt is a GOVERNING correspondent.E-mail: email@example.com
Politico blogger Ben Smith had an interview today with Thomas Suozzi, the Nassau County, New York, executive who is currently down 500 votes in the count on his reelection bid.
Through most of the interview, Suozzi sounds philosophical about his surprising loss (or, possibly, near-loss). He cites the cycles of history and periods of public engagement and withdrawal.
But he's not above making a complaint common among politicians -- getting blamed for things outside his command.
Suozzi blames state mandates and school taxes - outside his control - for tax levels, but said voters don't care.
"People don't know or don't want to distinguish, or they don't want to hear it," he said. "'You're the high profile central elected official, why can't you just fix it?'"
Those of us at Governing remember Suozzi coming to our dinner to be honored as a Public Official of the Year four years ago, a day after getting reelected the last time around.
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