Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, writing op-eds! What’s next?
Meanwhile, on Inside City Hall, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, now campaigning for Comptroller John Liu‘s job, dismissed Mr. Liu’s chances in the mayoral race. “My running for comptroller, I think opens up an opportunity for people like Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio to take up whatever space I had in that race,” he said. “The best way to focus on the voters who I appealed to is to run an issue-oriented campaign….As comptroller I’m going to work to do the kind of economic forecasting that’s going to help whoever the next mayor is. I’m going to give them the ideas and the tools they need to make the important decisions that only the mayor can make. Right now I think this field is wide open. I will give you one prediction: The next mayor’s going to be a Democrat and it’s going to be one of these three Democrats. I look forward to a robust debate among those candidates.”
On the same program, former Mayor Ed Koch mused on the relationship between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo. “The natural relationship between governor and mayor, rarely is it a good one. They’re competitive,” he said. “I have no insight into their relationship here in the city, the current occupants of the seats, but I think it’s the same old thing! Each tries to have their own limelight.” Former Governor Eliot Spitzer added, “I think there’s a bit of unfortunate jousting here.”
Council Speaker Christine Quinn is reportedly pushing her chamber to straight-up reject the Districting Commission’s new maps, which her spokesman denied. It does seem like it would undermine the Commission’s claimed independence for this all to be done based on hurting Assemblyman Vito Lopez‘s prospective council candidacy, however, so the outcome here will be interesting.
It looks as if Senator Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference, who voted for a heavy Republican gerrymander of their chamber, are, in fact, going to side with the Republicans. From the Times: