Polling Mark Gallogly, hedge-fund manager and Obama economic adviser, for mayor
He or someone interested in seeing him run seems at least to have gotten as far as polling, specifically of the prospect of voting for "a self-made businessman" who supports charter schools and has worked on economic policies with the president.
One reader, a registered Democrat in the outer borough, passed along a recording they made of the survey call they got recently, which included Gallogly's name among "five candidates for mayor of New York City" running in a "September 13 Democratic primary election."
One apparent area of concern for Gallogly or whoever commissioned the poll is his background as a hedge fund manager, and the fact it might have in a Democratic primary in New York:
The survey included a lengthy question specifically asking about voters' perception of a candidate "who was in Mitt Romney's line of work, buying distressed companies, firing people and taking hundreds of millions for themselves."
The survey also asked if voters if they "want a mayor who has policies different from those of Mayor Bloomberg or policies similar to those of Mayor Bloomberg."
A message left at Gallogly's Manhattan office was not immediately returned.
The survey did not ask about the prospective Republican mayoral candidates, or about an independent bid for mayor.
Here are some other quotes I transcribed from the survey call.
"Do you want a mayor who has policies different from those of mayor Bloomberg or policies similar to those of Mayor Bloomberg?"
"Do you think New York's next mayor should have a background in business and finance like Mayor Bloomberg or should the next mayor have a different background?"
"Mark Gallogly is co-founder and managing principle of Center Bridge Partners, an investment firm."
"Married 25 years and a father of three, Gallogly is a self-made businessman who is convinced, based on his own experience, that a good education is the way to get ahead. That is why Gallogly has worked on numerous efforts to improve the quality of education in New York City, including leading the Roads charter schools where he helped older, disadvantaged students graduate form high school by designing education programs tailored to helping them excel."
"Gallogly was appointed by President Obama to his economic recovery board and later to the president's jobs council. Gallogly is a proven entrepreneur who can help businesses grow. As mayor, Gallogly will help public education, job creation, education and the quality of life in the city."
"Which statement comes closest to your point of view? That I simply cannot vote for a mayoral candidate who is a hedge fund manager? While I have concerns about voting for a mayoral candidate who is a hedge fund manager, I will consider his position on other issues before making a decision. "Or I have no concerns about voting for a mayoral candidate who is a hedge fund manager?"
"The opponents of candidate Smith say we cannot vote for someone who was in Mitt Romney's line of work, buying distressed companies, firing people and taking hundreds of millions for themselves. While supporters of candidate Smith say we [can] support because he is a self-made and successful businessman and the only candidate who has created jobs in the private sector.
"Smith is so different from Romney that President Obama made him a special advisor on how to grow the economy and create jobs and he can bring those skills to city government. Would you agree more with the supporters or the opponents?"