Republican chairs: Kelly hasn't started yet, and the Democrats aren't exactly running away with it
You wouldn't expect the Republican chairmen hoping to convince Ray Kelly to enter the mayor's race to be encouraged by this AP headline: "Who would beat NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in a mayoral race? Any Democrat, poll finds."
The Quinnipiac poll in question shows Kelly (who has not actively expressed interest in running) losing to Christine Quinn 48-33, Bill de Blasio, 46-34 and to Bill Thompson 46-34 in hypothetical match-ups.
But the chairman from Manhattan, Daniel Isaacs, wasn't bothered one bit, and in fact said he found the poll results "encouraging."
"To be polling under 50 percent," Isaacs said of the Democrats, "I think that sends red flags out and I think it firmly supports our contention that this will be a competitive race."
The Republican chairman from Brooklyn, Craig Eaton, told me Kelly's poll numbers against Quinn, de Blasio and Thompson weren't indicative of the support he would garner in a real election.
"He's not a candidate right now," Eaton said in an interview. "I would assume that if and when the police commissioner throws his hat in the ring, it'll pick up a lot of traction."
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