2:24 pm Feb. 21, 2013
Bill Thompson, like every current Democratic mayoral candidate, has criticized the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy.
But in an interview with NBC New York, Thompson appeared to go further in his praise of Kelly than he has in the past.
When asked if he'd "get rid of Ray Kelly," Thompson replied, "It's not about Ray Kelly. I think he's done an excellent job and I happen to personally like the commissioner."
In the interview, Thompson also criticized the stop-and-frisk policy, but stopped short of saying he'd eliminate it.
(Only John Liu, of the Democratic contenders, actually favors getting rid of stop-and-frisk altogether.)
Last month at the National Action Network in Harlem, a firey and energitc Thompson answered a similar question about whether to keep Kelly by saying, "I'm not keeping other people's people."
Council Speaker Christine Quinn has indicated she'd keep Kelly on as commissioner if she became mayor, while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, indicated he wouldn't be keeping Kelly, told a voter in Manhattan, "Ray's done a great job."
CORRECTION: De Blasio's position on whether to keep Kelly was clarified.