‘Other people’s people’: 2013 Democrats answer the Ray Kelly question
At a Democratic mayoral forum in Harlem last night, Rev. Al Sharpton asked the candidates whether or not they would ask police commissioner Ray Kelly to stay on in his current role if they were elected.
Kelly is broadly popular in New York City, but apparently wasn't well-liked by the people in attendance at Sharpton's forum.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got heckled for basically saying yes, but countered with an assurance that she would require that some of his policies change dramatically.
Sal Albanese lost the crowd after he praised Kelly as one of the best police commissioner in the nation.
Bill de Blasio said "change" was needed at the NYPD. John Liu said changing the commissioner wasn't enough, and spoke about breaking the "glass ceiling" at the agency.
Bill Thompson delivered the following line: "I'm not keeping other people's people."
Here's a one-minute clip with parts of each candidate's answer.