De Blasio and Stringer jockey on stop-and-frisk, with the political stakes unclear

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Bill de Blasio with a megaphone. (Dan Rosenblum)
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Two key points in David Freedlander's piece about the mayoral politics surrounding the NYPD's stop-and-frisk:

The first is that Bill de Blasio arrived somewhat late to the debate, notably after Scott Stringer. This seems academic, but may matter if they find themselves in close competition for endorsements from any of the progressive organizations that have taken an interest in the issue.

The second is that if the primary field remains as it's currently constituted, the issue isn't like to be a big vote-getter for either de Blasio or Stringer, on the presumption that bulk of the African-American primary voters likely to be the most highly motivated by opposition to stop-and-frisk will be for Bill Thompson.

With requisite provisos about how early it is, this is yet another illustration of how tricky it will be for the candidates looking for room on Christine Quinn's left with Thompson in the race.

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