Changes of Heart
Less than three months after he filed papers to run for mayor in 2013, Teamsters union President Greg Floyd told Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin he’s not actually going to enter the race. “Six weeks ago I made a decision, along with my executive board, we had a discussion, that I would not be running for any public office in New York City,” Mr. Floyd said. “And I’ve since ceased any campaign finance raising. … I’m telling you I am not going to be a candidate for any city office in 2013.”
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Chris Christie texted Joe Scarborough to complain about liberal guests on “Morning Joe.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants Governor Cuomo to sign the taxi bill.
Potential 2013 mayoral candidate Greg Floyd took a shot at John Liu.
Teamsters president Greg Floyd held his weekly radio show down at Zuccotti Park yesterday and among his guests was public advocate Bill de Blasio.
Both Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Floyd are exploring runs for mayor in 2013, however the conservation was pretty cordial, as both defended the demonstrators right to protest.
“I deeply respect what folks here are doing and we have to protect their right to do it,” Mr. de Blasio said, a statement that Mr. Floyd agreed with.
On a recent weekday morning in Brooklyn, Greg Floyd pulled his black Lincoln Navigator curbside and immediately apologized for his casual clothing. He was wearing a purple Lacoste shirt and blue work pants and was under the mistaken impression that a photographer would be coming to take pictures. The interview was one of the first, tentative steps in Mr. Floyd’s nascent, long-shot campaign to become the leader of the country’s largest metropolis and Mr. Floyd wanted to take The Observer around to the Brooklyn and Queens of his childhood.
Such an exercise in nostalgia was necessary because Mr. Floyd, who since 2007 has served as local leader of the Teamsters union, couldn’t exactly take us around to the New York City of his present, since he, like many New Yorkers, decamped to Valley Stream, just over the Queens border on Long Island, when he couldn’t afford a home in the borough of his birth.
In a move that would surely shake-up the 2013 field, Teamsters president Greg Floyd has filed paperwork to run for mayor.
The news was first reported by Errol Louis on his Twitter feed.
In an interview, Mr. Floyd said that he was considering running because, “the middle class continue to be sacrificed in this economy. I am running to make things better.”
He added, “Someone has to take up this cause and this agenda. There has to be someone out there who is advocating for working men and women.”
Liz gets her hands on a fund-raising invitation for Bill de Blasio, which is heavy with labor representation. Among the supporters, is labor leader Greg Floyd of the Teamsters, who, not that long ago, was himself considering a run for mayor.