Bronx Boss Laughs Off the Competition

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión thinks a lot about the year 2009.

“In terms of candidates for Mayor?” he said in an interview. “What else is there, right?”

He went down the list.

There’s “my friend [City Comptroller] Billy Thompson, who was sitting in the front row when I gave my State of the Borough speech, but I didn’t notice.”

And then there’s “the young Congressman from Brooklyn”—Anthony Weiner—who, if you hear Mr. Carrión tell it, already has a great job. “Not that I’m encouraging him to stay in Washington.”

“You hear whispers about Chris Quinn,” the City Council Speaker, who “has to go through this pretty amazing juggling act of attending to a constituency of 50 Council members who are very demanding, and her district.”

As for the much-talked-about Time-Warner chief executive, Dick Parsons, Mr. Carrión simply doesn’t see it happening. “I honestly believe him when he says he’s not interested in running.”

So who has the 45-year-old Mr. Carrión been talking to about his own chances for 2009? “Anyone who’s willing to listen.”