Rep. Tom Suozzi backs Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s write-in campaign

Rep. Tom Suozzi – who may challenge Gov.

Suozzi (D-Long Island) called on Buffalo residents to help “defeat the Socialists” during a rally when he expressed his expected support of the incumbent mayor in his write-in campaign against Democratic candidate India Walton.

“The eyes of the country are going to be on the buffalo. We don’t want to wake up on November 3rd, and people say, ‘Buffalo just elected the first socialist mayor in the last 50 years.’ We can’t do that in Buffalo!” He shouted in front of a group gathered at Brown’s campaign headquarters on Saturday. “If we let them win, we will lose everything. We will lose the American people, we will lose the New Yorkers, we will lose the Buffaloes, if we pursue that type of extremist agenda.”

“I am here to say very clearly that we need to elect Byron Brown and defeat the Socialists,” he said.

Activist and Democratic-socialist India Walton, who defeated Buffalo Mayor Brian Brown in the June 2021 primary election.
Activist and Democratic-socialist India Walton, who defeated Buffalo Mayor Brian Brown in the June 2021 primary election.
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In a shocking upset, Brown lost June Mayor Primary Walton—a Democratic Socialist nurse—but refused to go down without a fight. Instead, the four-term Democratic incumbent is running as a write-in candidate in the November 2 general election.

“We have to send a message to these socialists with the bad idea that it stops here in downtown Buffalo,” Brown said after Suozzi’s introduction on Saturday. “This is the firewall for our state; This is the firewall for our country.”

While Hochul has not yet endorsed the contest, Suozzi is attempting to present himself as the leading voice of the liberal faction in the Democratic Party in the Empire State, which will counter the Democratic Socialist of America-aligned wing, according to sources. had said earlier.

Representative Tom Suozzi made an announcement on October 9, 2021 that he would support Buffalo Mayor Brian Brown in the upcoming election.
Representative Tom Suozzi made an announcement on October 9, 2021 that he would support Buffalo Mayor Brian Brown in the upcoming election.
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Suozzi, the former Nassau County executive who ran for governor in 2006, has been a vocal advocate for lifting the cap on SALT deductions and sources have told The Post that he is considering a gubernatorial bid.

In early August – when the then Govt. Andrew Cuomo’s days in office were numbered after the release of the monumental state attorney general sexual assault investigation — Suozzi was among a group of Democrats who would come to Rev. Al Sharpton to make his stand to run for governor in 2022. Were.

On Friday, The Post reported that Suozzi would attempt to topple the liberal former lieutenant governor and congressman representing western New York – Hochul – at his home turf in Buffalo.

New York Governor Cathy Hochul has yet to make a public announcement about who she supports for the race for western New York mayor.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul has yet to make a public announcement about who she supports for the race for western New York mayor.
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On Saturday, he brushed aside Reprimanded by left-leaning politicians And advocates on Twitter for his Brown support, borrowing a line from fellow liberal Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams.

“I have to tell you, the Twittersphere is not on our side,” said Suozhi, who represents parts of northern Nassau County in Congress. “But I don’t care what they say in the tweet; I care what they say on the streets. Because this guy’s support isn’t just on social media, they’re on Social Security, and they want to…keep pushing the buffalo.”

Meanwhile, a group of Walton supporters rallied around a nearby DSA-approved candidate.

“She’s exactly the kind of candidate Republicans and corporate Democrats fear the most,” Maurice Mitchell, national director of the Working Families Party, was quoted as saying by The Buffalo News on Saturday. “It should come as no surprise that Mayor Brown launched a losing campaign and tried to steal India’s victory.”

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