City Hall Horse Race: Obama Hangover Edition

It’s time for the latest installment of our scorecard rating how next year’s potential mayoral candidates performed. As the city was still  in crisis mode last Friday, we took the week off. But politics must resume sometime, and with the presidential election plus the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, there is plenty to talk about.

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Christine Quinn took a lead role during the storm, touring devastated neighborhoods and attending emergency press conferences on the city’s recovery. Also, given the efficacy of the Obama campaign, it’s notable that the same pollsters work for Ms. Quinn.

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John Liu hunkered down after the hurricane, working out of his office when there was no electricity, cell service or even flushing toilets. Nevertheless, he used his role as comptroller to provide helpful updates on the storm’s ongoing costs.

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Scott Stringer clearly handled the New York City Marathon brouhaha the best, waiting for the peak of the controversy to maximize his media exposure from opposing it. True to form, our evaluation of Mr. Stringer this week again involves Lady Gaga.

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Billy Thompson was the first 2013 contender to oppose the marathon, quietly announcing his decision to Crain’s Insider. But he failed to capitalize on the politically savvy decision to come out against it, waiting until 3 p.m. the next day to issue a press release.

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Tom Allon‘s company, Manhattan Media, will be hosting a mayoral candidate forum next Monday, perhaps allowing him to gain exposure by blasting the Democratic pols in attendance. However, having the spotlight on his company isn’t always a good thing.

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Bill de Blasio, like Mr. Liu, came out in favor of the marathon before reversing. But Mr. de Blasio’s 2013 path goes straight through the outer borough ethnic whites who were were most pissed off about the race. He’ll need to spot these political landmines quicker next year.