Friday, November 18, 2011
Abrams quits; Liu announces mayoral run
Did John Liu announce his candidacy for Mayor last night?
That’s what some people are wondering after an event in Greenpoint last night. The Chinese-language newspaper World Journal reported that at a fundraising event, the Comptroller reportedly told the crowd of about 80 people, “I’ve never felt this strong a will to run, I will run for New York City’s top job!”
He went on to talk about the changes he would bring to City Hall and to discuss the growing inequality in the city. The announcement came at roughly the same time the man accused of making illegal contributions to his campaign was released from jail on a $100,000 bond.
From the Daily News:
The well-respected lawyer hired by city Controller John Liu to conduct an independent review of campaign finances quit Thursday after being ordered to put the probe on ice.
Former state attorney general Robert Abrams resigned one day after a Liu fund-raiser was charged with steering illegal contributions to his 2013 mayoral election coffers.
Liu decided having Abrams poke around while the feds investigate irregularities would be “difficult and expensive,” the resignation letter said.
“Your request that I suspend my work on this matter is untenable, as it compromises my independence and my ability to do a thorough and effective job,” Abrams wrote.
A lawyer for Liu’s campaign committee, Martin Connor, said a two-track probe was not “wise” and the campaign is fully cooperating with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office.