Stringer For NYC Comptroller 2013, Not Mayor (Updatedx3)
In a move that has long been speculated and was most recently reported to be in the offing by the New York Times, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has announced he’ll be running for NYC comptroller next fall, and not for mayor as originally planned.
UPDATE1: Here’s Stringer’s statement:
“What’s needed right now is an experienced hand who can partner with the mayor when it’s in the best interests of the city, but also someone with the independence and backbone to stand up to special interests, to call out wasteful spending and to safeguard the city’s pension funds.”
“That is what I’ve done my entire career and that’s what im going to as comptroller, so I’m not dropping down, I’m stepping up.”
The announcement news was accompanied by a round of high-profile endorsements of Stringer from former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who said Stringer has “the skills, the smarts and the integrity” to be the city’s top bean counter; as well as:
Rep. Jerry Nadler, former Bronx BP Freddy Ferrer (who was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2005); Stringer’s former Assembly colleague Karim Camara, who chairs the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; ex-Rep. Liz Holtzman; UFT President Mike Mulgrew; and feminist/activist Gloria Steinem.
(That list covers a lot of bases, touching almost every key voting bloc in the highly tribal world of NYC politics – from women and Latinos to African Americans and labor to progressive/liberal Democrats and Jews).
Manhattan City Councilman Daniel Garonick announced his run for city comptroller several months ago.
UPDATE2: From Gardonick’s spokesman Dan Levitan:
“Dan Garodnick said when he announced his campaign for NYC comptroller that he was a candidate – regardless of the field. Nothing has happened to change that.”
“Dan didn’t choose to run for comptroller because he thought it would be the easiest race. He chose to run for comptroller because it was the job that best suited his talents and experience – fluent with the city’s finances, trained at internal investigations and with the record of integrity the office needs.”
Brooklyn Sen. Daniel Squadron has also been mentioned as a potential comptroller contender, but is believed to be more likely to run for borough president or public advocate.
The man currently occupying the office, Comptroller John Liu, is considered a likely candidate for mayor despite the ongoing investigation into his campaign fundraising operation.
Liu has said he’s moving “full-speed ahead” with his mayoral aspirations, and is hopeful the investigation will be complete by 2013.
Not surprisingly, Stringer’s erstwhile Democratic mayoral opponents had only nice things to say about him following his announcement. Here are their respective statements…
“Scott’s smart in both politics and government. This is a good move for him politically, and he would be a good comptroller for city government. He’s also getting a new T-shirt for his son Max – ‘My Dad Counts Big’ in place of ‘Daddy for Mayor’.”
Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson, who offered an outright endorsement:
“”Scott Stringer is a great progressive leader. I am proud to endorse him to be New York City’s next comptroller because we need his voice in this city speaking out for good government, good jobs and good schools.”
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, via his spokeswoman Rebecca Katz:
“Scott Stringer has a strong record as a progressive reformer. His decision further clarifies the 2013 landscape, and identifies Bill as the clear progressive alternative.”
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn:
“Scott is a fantastic public servant with an impressive record of accomplishment and will do great things for the city in the future.”
There are also several candidates vying for the GOP line in the 2013 mayor’s race, including two Democrats-turned-Republican – George McDonald and Tom Allon – and the most recent entrant, former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion.
Also mentioned as possible GOP mayoral contenders: Supermarket/oil mogul John Catsimatidis (another onetime Democrat, though he switched several years ago in advance of a never-realized 2009 mayoral bid) and Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith.
UPDATE3: Allon released this statement:
“Scott Stringer has been a hard-working public servant for a long time. He will make a strong candidate for comptroller, and he is wise to drop out of Mayoral race since there was no path to victory for him.”
“I am curious to see who emerges from Democratic primary, but I’m confident I can beat any of them with my strong education and financial background. Voters will prefer my vision for finally fixing our broken school system and my job-creating ideas for the economy.”
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