Thursday, January 10, 2013
Johnny won't quit!
From the NY Observer:
Earlier tonight, Comptroller John Liu held a birthday party extravaganza at the renowned Jing Fong dim sum restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown. It was quite the affair, featuring a number of speakers, a packed crowd, a massive display of balloons, a gigantic American flag-themed birthday cake and even a celebrity impersonator. The event, which doubled as a fundraiser for his expected mayoral campaign, also served as a teaser for the expected electoral effort.
“2013 is going to be a year of change, a year of change in the City of New York, the greatest city in the world!” Mr. Liu declared in a policy-laden speech outlining his plans to achieve greater economic equality in the five boroughs while deftly avoiding directly announcing his intention to run for mayor. “We’ve got a lot of ideas. We’ve got the will to start this campaign and to win this campaign. And 2013 will be a year of change and with all of your support, I know we’re going to get there.”
Then came the “big” announcement.
“Now that 2013 is here, we’re going to make the big announcement very soon!” he shouted. “Tonight I’m announcing that we’re going to make an announcement soon!”
While Mr. Liu himself refused to specifically say what office he’s campaigning for, some officials and other speakers who introduced him expressed excitement about the comptroller taking the helm at Gracie Mansion next year.
“We all have to support him for this political journey,” Councilman Peter Koo declared. “In November, we’re going to have a new mayor!”
From the NY Post:
Political insiders say Liu has only a remote chance of emerging as the Democratic mayoral nominee, but would be a formidable contender if he sought another term as comptroller.
Liu has until June to make a final decision, since that's when all candidates for office this year have to hand in their nominating petitions.
But it seems like he's sealed the door on the drop-bak option.