The ‘Post’ hails the ‘Lhota effect,’ and so do Christine Quinn’s opponents

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Briefing: Quinn and Bloomberg. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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The Post credits Joe Lhota's entry into the 2013 mayor's race with nudging City Council Speaker back toward Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, chalking up her reported deal to keep police commissioner Ray Kelly on in his post to "the Lhota effect."

If what's happening to Quinn suits the Post, it suits her Democratic primary opponents, too. Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio see opportunities to distinguish themselves from her in the eyes of Democratic voters by emphasizing their political independence from the mayor, who is an ally of Quinn and is tacitly backing her to succeed him.

So Thompson criticized the reported deal, saying, "Are we starting to look at a fourth Bloomberg term?" Which followed criticism of the deal from de Blasio.

Quinn has taken some opportunities to show she's capable of disagreeing publicly with Bloomberg, joining the chorus of people, for example, denouncing Bloomberg's comparison of the teacher's union with the National Rifle Association.

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Her opponents, and the Post, seem to agree that the Kelly situation is more telling.

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2013

Bill Thompson will campaign full-time starting in March, and attacked one of his leading opponents, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. [Michael Howard Saul]

Quinn denounced Bloomberg's comparison of the U.F.T. to the N.R.A.: "I couldn't disagree with [the comment] more strongly." [Erin Durkin]

The backlash to Bloomberg's remarks includes every major Democratic mayoral candidate; spokesman Howard Wolfson offers an explanation. [Rachel Monahan]

Bloomberg made a similar comparison in 2007. [Al Baker]

The Independence Party may vote "within weeks" on which mayoral candidate to support. [Michael Howard Saul]

Lhota won't meet with other Republican mayoral candidates, and Republican chairmen are meeting next week "in an attempt to unify behind one candidate." [Jonathan Lemire]

Lhota is "running in a city where people hate the M.T.A.," said State Senator Diane Savino. [Tom Wrobleski]

The "Lhota effect" means Democratic mayoral candidates won't ignore conservative Democrats and Republican voters. [New York Post]

New York State Republican chairman Ed Cox wants Rev. A.R. Bernard to run for mayor. [Celeste Katz]

Bernard said he and his wife are moving to Manhattan, from Smithtown, Long Island. [Celeste Katz]

Republican George McDonald will kick off his mayoral campaign Thursday at Grand Central Terminal. [Dan Hirschhorn]

Bronx Republican county leader Jay Savino: "Without the support of the organizations, it's vey difficult, no how much money you have … to secure 15,000 petition signatures in order to get on a ballot." [Diana Williams]

Sal Albanese is running as the experienced, independent candidate who never took a lulu or a stipend. [NY1]

Ray Kelly underscores the importance of public safety for the city's future. [Daily News]

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The city is accusing the union of not negotiating in good faith. [Al Baker]

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Media

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