From the NY Times:
In recent weeks, as the investigation has expanded, Mr. Liu, the New York City comptroller, has struck a defiant tone, apparently determined to demonstrate that he has not lost his political balance.
Indeed, as Mr. Liu gathered with a small group of associates at a memorial service in Queens recently, he remarked that he was unconcerned about the investigation, and believed that the authorities would come up short if they were trying to implicate him, according to three people in attendance, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be seen as betraying him.
Mr. Liu’s mettle was seen again the other night when, amid platters of sweet and sour chicken, shrimp in lobster sauce and Yangzhou fried rice, he burst into a crowded Chinatown restaurant and rallied scores of supporters as they chanted his name.
“We don’t back down from any challenges,” said Mr. Liu, who was introduced as a “hero” and a “man of the people” by the master of ceremonies, Virginia M. Kee, a longtime Democratic power broker. “Sometimes things are more difficult than we can anticipate, but we don’t back down!”
Over the last month and a half, Mr. Liu has packed his schedule with some 200 appearances, from ribbon cuttings to holiday parties, clearly seeking to convey the sense that he has not been knocked off kilter by the investigation.
At some of these events, Mr. Liu has made ethnic appeals to his supporters, many of whom are Chinese, and has continued to suggest that he will run for mayor in 2013, though his popularity has been eroding, according to a recent poll.
“I’m not making an announcement tonight, but I know that in a couple of years, we’ve got a tremendous opportunity,” he told a group of Taiwanese merchants at a recent gala in Flushing, his political home turf. “I’m certainly ready for that opportunity.”
Later that night, he seemed to allude to the investigation, describing it as a “challenge” before concluding: “We will overcome. Oftentimes as a community, and as immigrants, we work twice as hard. Don’t complain, just do the work, and we will get there.”
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