Democratic Mayoral Candidate Suggests Rudy Giuliani as Police Commissioner

The Democratic candidates sparred during their first televised debate. (Photo: NY1)

The Democratic candidates sparred during their first televised debate. (Photo: NY1)

Longshot mayoral candidate Erick Salgado wants to bring Mayor Rudy Giuliani back to City Hall– this time as the new police commissioner.

Mr. Salgado, a socially conservative reverend, said he’d love to keep current Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on as the city’s top cop, but has at least one back-up choice in mind.

“I would consider Ray Kelly if he’s available. If he’s not interested, maybe I ask Rudy Giuliani to come and serve as police commissioner,” he said during the campaign’s first televised debate, which was held at John Jay College and sponsored by NY1.

The mayoral hopefuls have been asked repeatedly about their thoughts on Mr. Kelly, who remains one of the city’s most popular officials, despite criticism over many controversial policies, including stop-and-frisk.

The idea got a thumbs-down from at least one of the other candidates.

“I oppose Rudy Giuliani as the Police Commissioner for the City of New York,” said Bill Thompson, eliciting the first loud applause of the night and a round of laughs from his fellow candidates.

After the debate, Mr. Salgado explained that he wanted to see the best person in the job to keep the city safe, and had a lot of respect for the former mayor.

“Maybe if he doesn’t want to be a mayor any more, maybe you want to come and do a tremendous job,” he explained..

“It would be Salgado and Rudy Giuliani. That would be a good team.”