There has been a ‘not-so-quiet’ trial ballon being floated in the ‘Big Apple’…..
The former Marine, US Customs boss in his go round as Police Commissoner….A post Teddy Roosevelt once held , has very high approval numbers….
And has a WHOLE batch of people pulling for him…..
Having run the second largest police department in the world (London’s is bigger)…..
He has excutive experience….
But the 70 year old Kelly has never ran for political office and that could be the rub…..
Along the way he has been a boss, had his fair amount of controversies, but the politics of running New York City is a whole Different ball game….
Sure being the Police Chief DOES involve politics….
But there is a Mayor to report to cover you….
If Kelly runs for Mayor he’s gonna be flying solo…..
We’ll see how this plays…..
New York Post’s Fred Dicker speculates in a column Monday that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly could, after all, run for mayor in 2013.
Dicker’s main source is former state Republican Chairman Bill Powers whoreminds New Yorkers that a left-leaning NYC can still elect a Republican mayor.
And what of the countless NYPD scandals? And growing discontent over the department’s use of stop-and-frisk? Powers says it’s all fueled by Democratic frontrunner Christine Quinn (“because she doesn’t want to face Kelly in the election next year’’) and by the liberal media.
“When I read the awful hatchet jobs that are being done on Ray, in The New York Times, in New York magazine, by the Associated Press, to see how he’s been treated when he’s a national hero, I know that it’s being done by the liberals who are trying to stop Ray Kelly,’’ said Powers.
It should be noted that Dicker (New York’s most powerful journalist?) has a habit of writing speculative pieces like this, namely about candidates whom he admires. Last summer a Dicker article speculated that President Obama would tap Governor Cuomo as his running mate in 2012. And Dicker’s main source? Bill Powers.
Adding to the drum beat for Kelly to run are former Borough President Guy Molinari, a Republican, and former Democratic mayor Ed Koch.
“We would like to see him think more seriously about running for top office,” said Molinari. ““We’re trying to find a candidate who could be elected on the Republican line. Very few meet that criteria. There’s no one who would give us a better shot than Ray Kelly.”
Photo…DHS Head Napolitano….NYPD Chief Ray Kelly …NYC Mayor Bloomberg on board a NYC Subway train…
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