He's the former candidate who can’t stop campaigning.
Losing mayoral contender John Liu’s jam-packed schedule has political insiders wondering what he’s running for now. Some think he has his eye on a congressional seat.
Since Jan. 1, the former city controller has attended every inauguration ceremony for a new City Council member, marched shoulder to shoulder with elected officials in parades and glad-handed at cocktail parties held by political groups.
On weekends, it’s not uncommon for Liu to keep up the breakneck schedule he was known for during his mayoral campaign, attending up to 12 back-to-back events — which he announces on a public schedule emailed out by his former press secretary.
A dozen former staffers still work for him at least part-time as volunteers, including longtime press secretary Sharon Lee and top political adviser Chung Seto. And Pete Burgos, a former NYPD detective, often chauffeurs Liu around the city in Burgos’ white Mercedes-Benz.
Liu still maintains a campaign-style website, LiuNewYork.com, but plays down speculation that he’s gearing up for another race.
“It’s a little surprising to me,” he said. “I enjoy going to events. I enjoy seeing old friends. I enjoy meeting new people. This is part of my life. You get to be ‘former controller’ forever.”
Sources said members of Mayor de Blasio’s transition team floated possible posts to Liu, including Taxi & Limousine commissioner and finance commissioner.
But political observers say Liu still has his eye on elected office and has been exploring another run, possibly for Congress.