For Candidate Lhota, the Republican line wouldn’t be the issue

Briefing: Lhota. (MTA via flickr)
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It's a testament to the seriousness with which M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota's potential mayoral candidacy is taken, maybe, that we're no longer talking about whether it can happen, but about "hurdles" to him winning the whole thing.

In particular, David Seifman says that if Lhota decides to run as the Republican nominee, he'll have to overcome a severe registration advantage against the Democratic candidate, as Giuliani and Bloomberg did, by running on the ballot line of a third party.

The Liberal Party that backed Giuliani exists now on paper only, and the Independence Party that allied itself with Bloomberg is, as Seifman writes, not necessarily in sync with Lhota. 

In 2005, the leading Democratic mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer referred to the Independence Party as a group that is neither independent nor a party, and Democrats regularly attacked candidates who accepted the party's support.

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Now, not so much. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn attended the Independence Party's most recent event and the 2009 Democratic nominee who is running for mayor again next year, Bill Thompson, told me he's seeking the party's support too.

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