Could this be the race we’re half-heartedly doomed to cover?
As fellow Voice scribe Nick Pinto pointed out a few weeks ago, Joe Lhota’s campaign hedges off the aspirations of bringing back Giuliani-era policies. The former Deputy Mayor for Rudy and “rat czar” is a direct political descendant of Mr. Bloomberg’s predecessor; if the whole frontrunner thing works out for him, Rudy will without a doubt have a major role in Lhota’s run.
The Hizzoner will probably not play the same character for Quinn – we reported a few weeks ago that Mr. Bloomberg is leaning towards being a spectator only, meaning the race this year would be the first since 2002 without his money involved in it. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Quinn’s slate is clean from his influence.
If the whole frontrunner thing works out for her, she will advocate similar positions held by her current boss. And simply being the head of City Council has placed her significantly close to the Mayor’s inner circle. Needless to say, she will be Mr. Bloomberg’s inheritor to voters, no matter what.
But, we repeat: extrapolating from polls this early in the game is a sin.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 17, 2013