Joe Lhota steps into a gap between Bloomberg and Quinn

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Briefing: Bloomberg and Quinn. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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Christine Quinn is clashing with Michael Bloomberg again. It's part of an intensifying trend, albeit one that her rivals in the mayor's race says is a contrived means of allowing Quinn to look more independent of the mayor than she has been for most of her time as speaker.

Last week, a similar skepticism was raised in a Times story, noting, "It's hard to tell if Mr. Bloomberg is earnest in his complaints, as his aides say, or if he is playing out a more intricate strategy, like laying the groundwork so that any endorsement will have more of an impact."

Real or contrived, the squabbling between the longtime rivals has presented Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota with an opportunity to present himself, with or without Bloomberg's blessing, as the real continuity candidate. This morning, Lhota is having a press conference on the topic of public safety, as Quinn hunkers down in her support for a new inspector general's office for the NYPD.

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