We’re confident that the Rev. has a surprise or two in him yet this cycle, now that his nominal candidate, Charles Barron, has dropped out of the mayor’s race. This puts Freddy in an interesting position, as his embrace of Sharpton in 2001 remains a sore point to many on both sides.

Freddy himself hinted at one possibility in Newday yesterday, where he talked about his MLK Day pilgrimage to Sharpton’s annual event:

“Someone asked me, ‘Are you here to genuflect to Rev. Sharpton?'” Ferrer said of that day. “As I thought about the events of that day, I realized Mike Bloomberg actually did a good job of that.”

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