Republicans take a look at Eva Moskowitz, and she looks right back

Briefing: Moskowitz. (House Committee on Education & the Workforce Dems via flickr)
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In addition to asking, again, for Ray Kelly to enter the mayor's race, the five Republican county chairmen in New York City floated several other Democrats they'd be willing to back, in a statement yesterday.

One of them was Eva Moskowitz, a former councilwoman who clashed with the teachers union and now runs several charter schools. The Post followed up with her, and Moskowitz duly said she's considering the race.

The contest is already promising to focus heavily on education issues. (It's one issue that greatly separates the Democratic candidates from one another, and pro-charter-school allies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg formed a new group to counteract the influence of the United Federation of Teachers in the upcoming election.)

This morning, hours after Moskowitz acknowledged her interest in the G.O.P. overture, another Democrat who would be perfectly willing to run as a Republican, newspaper publisher Tom Allon, said he would give a speech outlining his education agenda.

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