Dan Garodnick Exits Stage Right

stringer garodnick Dan Garodnick Exits Stage Right

(Photo: Garodnick campaign)

As expected, Councilman Dan Garodnick, who had been firmly campaigning for comptroller until today, formally dropped out of the race and endorsed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for the position. Mr. Stringer, of course, had previously been campaigning for mayor until he dropped down to the comptroller’s race himself.

“When I announced my candidacy for NYC Comptroller, I promised that New Yorkers wouldn’t get any drama with me,” Mr. Garodnick wrote in an email to his supporters. “I’m keeping that promise, and want to let you know that I am ending my campaign today and supporting Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for that position. Let me tell you why. Scott and I share the same values – a progressive commitment to reform, integrity, and sanity in city government. He has been my partner in many efforts to make New York a stronger, safer, more just city for all of its residents.”

Since Mr. Garodnick had been his only rival openly campaigning for the same job, Mr. Stringer couldn’t be more pleased with the situation. Indeed, the borough president appeared at the press conference where Mr. Garodnick announced the move. “Dan Garodnick is a crucial leader in our city with an important future. Running against him would have been hard for both of us,” Mr. Stringer said in a statement.

(Incumbent Comptroller John Liu is expected to run for mayor in 2013, and while Councilman Domenic Recchia is contemplating joining the race, he has yet to officially do so.)

It seems the campaign shuffling may have cleared the field for Mr. Garodnick’s newly-announced reelection bid too, in case there was any doubt. Dara Adams, one of the two candidates vying to succeed him, told Politicker she was humbled by the “phenomenal experience”  of the campaign but wouldn’t compete against the incumbent. Ms. Adams had actually quit her job at the Department of Education to pursue the campaign, in addition to a master’s degree; now she will simply pursue the latter. “I’m disappointed to be unable to pursue my own ambitions,” she said. “The City of New York is lucky to have him, and I support him in his reelection bid.”

View Mr. Garodnick’s letter below:

When I announced my candidacy for NYC Comptroller, I promised that New Yorkers wouldn’t get any drama with me. I’m keeping that promise, and want to let you know that I am ending my campaign today and supporting Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for that position.

Let me tell you why. Scott and I share the same values – a progressive commitment to reform, integrity, and sanity in city government. He has been my partner in many efforts to make New York a stronger, safer, more just city for all of its residents.

And we need to remain partners as our City faces unique challenges. We have a structural deficit in our budget; we are relying too much on one-shots; we have growing non-controllable expenditures; we have a changing landscape in City Hall. These challenges are significant, and they are real, and rather than distract from those issues with a contentious campaign for Comptroller, I am resolved to work together with Scott and all other willing colleagues to address them.

I need to thank so many people who have been part of my campaign – I can’t name all of them, but just a few: State Senator Liz Krueger, State Assemblyman Dan Quart, and two of the greatest members of the City Council – Diana Reyna and Rosie Mendez. I am so grateful for their support.

As for me, I will be running for re-election to the City Council in the 4th District. City government will be changing in many ways in 2014, and I am committed to making sure those changes reflect the principles that have been the hallmark of my career in public service – keeping the city affordable for all those who live here, creating opportunity for those working toward the middle class, and creating the transparency that real democracy demands.

Thank you again for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Dan