According to a report by the Daily News, Mayor Bloomberg tried to convince top cop Ray Kelly, a close confidante, to run in the NYC mayoral election. In fact, Bloomberg even went so far as to finance a secret poll to demonstrate to the commissioner how good his chances would be if he were to enter the fray.
“In early June, the mayor, according to two Bloomberg advisers, was sympathetic to an effort by some of his supporters to draw Ray Kelly into the race,” author Ken Auletta wrote in an article titled “After Bloomberg.”
Bloomberg reportedly engaged the services of his longtime pollster, Douglas Schoen, to gather information regarding Kelly’s potential level of support.
Kelly, who was recently considered for to head up the Department of Homeland Security, seems content in his current position as head of the NYPD, and declined his boss’s urges.
Under Kelly, crime has dropped to record low levels. Kelly also established the NYPD Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Bureaus, highly capable offices who are the only municipal agency of its kind to have offices overseas. Kelly has been highly successful at thwarting attempts by terrorists to carry out attacks on the city.
The mayor denied any involvement in the quietly executed poll. “I have absolutely no idea where it came from,” Bloomberg said when asked about the poll.
According to a report in the New Yorker Bloomberg also approached former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about trying for the job. In addition, he spoke real estate mogul and Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman about running as well. Both figures denied the mayor’s overtures.
Recent reports suggest that Bloomberg will end up throwing his lot in with former MTA Head and Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota, a Republican.