Hakeem Jeffries says Ray Kelly shouldn’t waste his time on ‘silly talk’

Hakeem Jeffries talks to constituents. (via Jeffries' website.)
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Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, an establishment-backed Democrat, thinks the Ray Kelly talk is "silly."

"Commissioner Kelly should focus on doing his job, and not be distracted by silly talk of a mayoral candidacy that has no meaningful chance at success," Jeffries told me yesterday when I asked about the recent efforts to recruit Kelly as the Republican nominee.

The latest installment of the Kelly recruitment came in a Mike Lupica column this morning, in which he dusted off a quote from before the bubble of speculation, when Kelly told him: "I still need challenges."

A poll last week showed that the race would, in fact, be a challenge, with Council Speaker Christine Quinn leading a hypothetical race, even when it includes Kelly.

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Jeffries, who is currently running for Congress, has been an outspoken critic of the police department's stop-and-frisk policy, denouncing it as racist and likening it to Jim Crow

Jeffries has made his work on the issue a cornerstone of his campaign and even raised money on the issue, and said there was more liekly to be more agitating for changes to the policy in the coming weeks.

"We expect that there will be increased activity around the city, of a multiracial nature, that addresses the concerns that we have about the out-of-control stop and frisk practices, in the next few weeks," he said.

A spokesman for Kelly did not immediately return an email for comment.