Thompson Talking to People ‘Around the State’ About His Next Move

Bill Thompson seemed to confirm to NY1 that he is at least considering a run for a statewide office, telling the station yesterday he’s talking to people in the city “and around the state.”

Who, outside New York City, is Thompson talking to? A spokesman for Thompson declined to comment when I asked about this. Several people reached today either declined to comment or said they haven’t heard from Thompson yet.

The races Thompson are reportedly considering would be against two people who endorsed him for mayor: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand or state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Both were appointed to their positions and are relatively unknown to state voters. But unlike DiNapoli, Gillibrand has tons of money. As of her latest filing, Gillibrand has $5,524,614. DiNapoli has $1,219,852.40.

One Democrat who was polite enough not to hang up on me when I called today said that a million dollars isn’t all that much money for a statewide official. This person said there are a few state legislators with comparable amounts of money.

Another factor that may hinder DiNapoli’s fund-raising is his self-imposed limit of $10,000 from any one contributor, about a third of what’s allowed under state law. DiNapoli adopted this policy from Eliot Spitzer. Thompson, since he’s not offiically a candidate for any office, has taken no such pledge. Thompson Talking to People ‘Around the State’ About His Next Move