Scott Stringer has nothing to say about reports that he’s dropping his mayoral bid

Quinn, Stringer and Thompson. (William Alatriste via flickr)
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Scott Stringer has long been rumored to be dropping his prospective mayoral bid, and he's not putting up much resistance anymore.

After the Post published a story Wednesday saying Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, had told people he going to run for comptroller rather than mayor, I contacted his office for a response. 

What I got in return has been an uncharacteristic silence.

Messages left for Stringer's spokeswoman Audrey Gelman since Wednesday have not been returned. His campaign fund-raiser, Catherine Butler, who occasionally handles campaign questions, told me on Wednesday afternoon she was get back to me "as soon as possible." She has not returned a phone and email messages since then.

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I reached communication director Josh Getlin at his office late yesterday afternoon. He said someone would get back to me shortly. I have yet to hear back.

Stringer, for his part, has been busy. He delivered food to hurricane victims in Brooklyn, testified at an M.T.A. hearing about a proposed fare hike, and sent nearly two dozen tweets since Wednesday. (He even posted a photo of himself with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a likely mayoral candidate.)

It wasn't too long ago that Stringer was pushing back aggressively against the comptroller rumors, claiming that it was all a bunch of mischief-making by people close to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. 

At the time, I asked him where he thought the rumor came from and Stringer told me, "I never talked to anybody associated with any other candidate about running for any other office" and said that he had "no idea" where the speculation was coming from.

When I pressed him on whether he ever told anyone he would run for comptroller, he said that as a matter of policy he didn't want to characterize private conversations he may or may not have had.

"I'm just not giving in to that kind of give-and-take," he said.

There was less resistance in September when Michael Saul of the Wall Street Journal reported Stringer "told supporters he is considering dropping out" and running for comptroller. He wrote "A spokeswoman for Mr. Stringer said the borough president continues to explore a mayoral bid."

The response to Wednesday's story in the Post was equally wobbly.

"His spokeswoman questioned both the story’s credibility and sourcing. But she would not comment further about Stringer’s plans."

I emailed Gelman, Butler and Getlin this morning. I still haven't heard back, but will update with whatever they respond with, or whatever Stringer announces.

UPDATE: Here's another "no comment" from a Stringer spokesman this afternoon in a story about him running for comptroller.

UPDATE: The Times is reporting Stringer is expected to run for comptroller, citing "half a dozen people who have talked to him in recent days."

UPDATE: The News reports Stringer pulled out of a mayoral forum on education policy, citing a scheduling conflict.