Kelly 2013 goes cold, but Catsimatidis isn’t warming up

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Ray Kelly at City Hall. (Azi Paybarah )
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Former Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari told the Staten Island Advance today that Ray Kelly won't run for mayor in 2013.

In reaction, supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, who has said he would run on the Republican line in Kelly's absence, told Capital he was prepared to wait a little longer.

"Well, I think you have to give Kelly some time," said Catsimatidis. "First of all, if he was running, he wouldn't tell anyone until after the presidential election."

Why?

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"Because he might have to give up the commissionership."

Catsimatidis added, "I think we have to wait and hear it from Ray Kelly himself."

Molinari's statement to the Advance on the likelihood of a Kelly run, reportedly based on a meeting with Kelly, sounded emphatic.

"He is not going to run," he said an hour after lunching with Kelly this afternoon in Molinari's Bay Terrace condo. "It is not something he is thinking about. It is not on his drawing board."

Molinari's verdict also fits with recent statements by the New York City G.O.P. county chairmen indicating that they have given up on waiting for Kelly, who in fact had never indicated that he was going to run, notwithstanding a drumbeat in the tabloids. 

"John Catsimatidis is again very high on everyone’s radar, as he has himself has said, he’s in the bullpen," Dan Isaacs, the Manhattan chairman, said on "Inside City Hall."

I asked Catsimatidis how the latest report about Kelly's intention might have him warming up.

"No, I’m not going to go out running around next week," he said. "We are prepared. We’re able to do what we have to do if we push a button."

Kelly's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.