Stringer says he has ‘no idea’ where the comptroller rumor comes from

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Stringer addresses a crowd. (StringerforNY, vial flickr)
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David Seifman's column the other day brought into the open some behind-the-scenes sniping between Scott Stringer and Christine Quinn, Democratic mayoral candidates who are both counting on drawing significant support from voters in their home borough of Manhattan.

Stringer reportedly told friends he thought Quinn's people were behind the rumors that he was open to running for comptroller. And it was reported that Quinn's friend, Emily Giske, reached out to Stringer's camp to see if he would consider getting out of the mayor's race, although Giske denied it.

Yesterday, Stringer said there was never any overture.

"I've never talked to anybody associated with any other candidate about running for any other office," he said.

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Stringer said had "no idea" why the comptroller rumors had surfaced.

I asked if he ever told anyone he'd consider running for that office.

"To characterize a private conversation I may or may not have had is not something I'm thinking a lot about," he said.

Then he ticked off work he's done as Manhattan borough president which sounded mayoral and executive.

He added, "I am flattered when people say I would be good, perhaps, at another job other than borough president. Some have said mayor, others have said other offices. So I take everything as a compliment."

I said his answer didn't sound definitive.

"I'm just not giving in to that kind of give-and-take," he said.