From the NY Times:
Adolfo Carrión Jr., a former Bronx borough president and Obama administration official, is all but certain to jump into the 2013 mayor’s race, not as a Democrat, but rather as an independent seeking the Republican nomination, according to his spokesman and others.
Should Mr. Carrión, a strong fund-raiser, prevail in a Republican primary, he could pose a credible challenge to whoever emerges from what is expected to be a wide-open and bruising primary for the Democratic nomination. And though Democrats outnumber Republicans in New York City by more than six to one, no Democrat has won the mayoralty since David N. Dinkins in 1989.
An adviser to Mr. Carrión, Davidson Goldin, said Mr. Carrión had recently left the Democratic Party and was unaffiliated. Mr. Goldin also said that Mr. Carrión, who would need the blessing of three of the five Republican county leaders to run on their line in the city, had been talking to individual chairmen regularly, and was to meet all of them Wednesday night. Mr. Carrión is also seeking the backing of the Independence Party.
From Capital Tonight:
Carrion would be the city’s first Hispanic mayor – a fact that is not lost on his GOP boosters, particularly since the party failed so spectacularly last week in capturing the Latino vote in the presidential race and quite clearly needs to make inroads with that key voting bloc ASAP.
There are several other party switchers angling for the GOP nod in next year’s mayor’s race, including supermarket/oil mogul John Catsimatidis (he made the change in preparation for a 2009 mayoral bid, but then dropped out when Bloomberg announced he would push to overturn term limits and run again); DOE Fund founder George McDonald; and Manhattan Media executive Tom Allon,
In addition, Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat, has been chatting up the GOP chairs in hopes that they’ll give their ballot line to him next year.
MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, a registered Republican, has been talked about as a potential mayoral contender since his success in bringing the subway system back on line after Sandy.
And, of course, there’s always the possibility of some yet-unknown self-financing type throwing his (or her) hat into the ring.