Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is not happy with the field of mayoral candidates–even though many have offered him a job in their hypothetical administrations.
In a national security speech before the Association for a Better New York, a pro-business group, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kelly tore into the entire slate of pols who are vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accusing them of lacking a coherent public safety vision for the city.
The Yankees won’t be calling these pols for a tryout any time soon.
A squad of the city’s top candidates for office, including several mayoral hopefuls, took their awkward cuts at a stickball tournament earlier this afternoon in Brooklyn. Naturally, the friendly competition allowed bitter rivals to exchange the political arena for an athletic one–but they found out politicking and batting are two very different skills.
“I haven’t hit in 50 years!” shouted GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis as he finally tipped a little pink ball thrown on a bounce from talk show host Curtis Sliwa.
Disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who suddenly announced his comptroller campaign Sunday night, began to make his case to voters Monday morning in a round of TV and radio interviews.
Appearing first on the Bill Press Show, Mr. Spitzer tried to brush off comparisons to former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid, saying he hopes voters can look beyond the prostitution scandal that forced him to resign from office five years ago.
“This is a land of second chances,” he said. “I think it is a land of forgiveness … People in their natural goodness understand the fact that we err, we sin, we pay a price and hopefully continue.”
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner called City Council Speaker Christine Quinn yesterday to offer a personal clarification following criticism over the way he responded to an anti-gay slur directed against her.
Ms. Quinn, speaking to reporters Friday morning, said she’d received a message from her mayoral rival yesterday in response to the hubbub over a Washington Post story, in which Mr. Weiner was described as failing to admonition a voter who referred to Ms. Quinn as a “dyke” until he caught site of a reporter’s “incredulous reaction.” Since then, Mr. Weiner has condemned the woman’s comment and insisted his response was swift.
Anthony Weiner took his first major shot at Republican Joe Lhota on Sunday, saying the former MTA chair should have worked harder to give the city more control of its state-run transit system before stepping down to run for mayor.
“For too long the MTA has been here in New York City, but we have very little control over it,” Mr. Weiner said at a Park Slope street fair, when a voter asked him what he would do to curb rising fares. “There’s no accountability now. And we have to push back and we have to try to get some control.”
As candidates for public office wind their way through various organizations’ endorsement screenings, they are often requested to fill out questionnaires detailing their specific stands on a given group’s most important issues.
However, one Democratic club, New Kings Democrats, recently took things a bit further and presented candidates with surveys designed to showcase their creativity and wit, including questions on which actor or actress would play them in a movie and what items they’d want if stranded on a desert island.
Here are some of our favorite answers, courtesy of the New Kings Democrats and the candidates for public advocate:
Former Councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted of corruption earlier today, and pursuant to the rules governing the City Council, he was instantly removed from office. Just moments ago, Mayor Michael Bloomerg declared the special election’s date to replace Mr. Seabrook will coincide with the 2012 general election on November 6th — but that doesn’t mean candidates aren’t already stepping up.
Andy King, a former labor organizer with 1199SEIU, told us he definitely plans to run in this upcoming special election. Mr. King performed strongly running against Mr. Seabrook in 2009, taking in over 30% of the vote to the incumbent’s 55%, which, combined with his connections to labor, may make him one of the frontrunners for the seat.