‘Ideas flow out of him like words out of Bill Clinton at a convention’

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Mark Green endorsed a onetime aide, Ben Kallos, for a City Council seat in Manhattan, by saying, "Ideas flow out of him like words out of Bill Clinton at a convention."

It's not a Clinton endorsement, but it's a Clinton comparison, which could come in handy in a Democratic primary in Manhattan.

Green, the former public advocate who was the Democratic nominee for mayor in 2001, isn't the Democratic heavyweight he once was. (In the run-off in the 2009 public advocate race, Green lost every Assembly district in Manhattan to Bill de Blasio, the labor-backed lawmaker from Brooklyn.) But he's still a known commodity, particularly in the part of Manhattan Kallos is running in.

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Kallos also worked for former assemblyman Jonathan Bing and with Bill Samuels at the New Roosevelt Initiative.

The seat, representing a district on the East Side, is being vacated by Jessica Lappin, who is running for Manhattan borough president.

Clinton's "arithmetic" speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention was one of the defining narrative moments of the campaign.