On the Ray Kelly drumbeat beat

Briefing: Ray Kelly. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Talk about meta.

Fred Dicker's column today about Republican efforts to draft Ray Kelly into the mayor's race notes that his previous column about Kelly led to the police commissioner being "pressed virtually every day" about whether he was running. It quotes a source talking about the need "to get the drum beat going."

The news in the column, which comes from an unnamed source, is that "10 to 15 finance people" led by former state G.O.P. chairman Bill Powers (who was quoted in the last column about Kelly) "began last week preparing the legal paperwork, strategy documents and a fund-raising network" to help Kelly. 

Kelly has yet to express any public interest in running. But the column reports that "Kelly's backers were described as 'encouraged'" that he "repeatedly refused to rule out running for mayor" when he was asked aboutthe possibility following the previous Post report.

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A Post reporter asked Governor Andrew Cuomo today about Ray Kelly's 2013 prospects. Cuomo sidestepped the question, and the audience at the press conference laughed.

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2012

Jon Huntsman said his remarks comparing the Republican Party to Communists in China was taken out of context. According to video, Huntsman was quoted correctly. [Zeke Miller]

2013

"Ray [Kelly]’s never said to me he wanted to be mayor," Bloomberg said. [No Link]

NY-13

The Times talks to Rangel's campaign manager, and not Rangel, in a video about the race. [Zena Barakat]

Clyde Williams and Joyce Johnson's petitions were challenged, but not Espaillat's. [Jill Colvin]

SD-17

"Councilman Greenfield and I are looking forward to a Super Jewish Press Conference tomorrow." [Dov Hikind]

Storobin attacked Felder, saying, "He's a very close supporter of Christine Quinn. He even brought her to a girls yeshivah and declared that she's a role model for these children. I don't think that the parents of these girls would agree that her 'non-traditional marriage' is a role model for yeshivah girls." [Jacob Kornbluh]

Cuomo

Opponents of fracking plan to confront Cuomo on Friday, in Corning. [Ed Sutherland]

Albany

There are no plans to vote on the bill, but 1199 SEIU president George Gresham wants Maziarz's Stand Your Ground bill withdrawn. [Liz Benjamin]

Local

Former Council aide George Fontas gets profiled. [Jamie Mallette]

Images

Cuomo gets the Ray Kelly question. [Youtube]