Stringer predicts the next mayor will be a) Democratic and b) not John Liu

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has one prediction for the 2013 mayor's race:

The next mayor will not be John Liu, the scandal-adjacent city comptroller who is expected to run for mayor, and who Stringer wants to replace.

Stringer made his prediction during an interview on "Inside City Hall," where he discussed his own comptroller bid and the impact of his withdrawal from the mayor's race on other candidates.

Stringer told the show's guest-host, Josh Robin, that the next mayor is "going to be one of these three Democrats," referring to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller Bill Thompson, who was also the 2009 Democratic nominee.

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"I look forward to a robust debate among those candidates," Stringer said.

When asked whether Liu "is a factor" in the mayor's race, Stringer said, "Everyone is a factor until the polls close," and then spoke about how meaningless and unproductive it is to focus on early polling instead of discussing issues.

I emailed Liu's campaign spokesperson last night for a comment and did not hear back.

Liu's former 2009 campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser were arrested and charged with using straw donors to hide the source of about $16,000 of campaign funds. Liu, whose phones were tapped since around 2010, has not been accused of wrong doing.

Last week, former governor Eliot Spitzer also discounted Liu as a major factor in the mayor's race, and the lead of a Wall Street Journal article about Stringer's withdrawal from the mayor's race referred to it now as a three-way contest.

Liu maintains that he is "going all the way" with his 2013 plans, implying, as in the past, a run for mayor without actually committing to anything specific.

The field for comptroller, other than Stringer, is expected to include Councilman Domenic Recchia of Brooklyn, who has taken some jabs at Stringer for the timing of his announcement. Councilman Dan Garodnick is expected to announce today that he's dropping his planned bid for comptroller.