Ray Kelly, Anthony Weiner and the impact of the non-candidate

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Briefing: Ray Kelly. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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A new Quinnipiac poll out today shows a majority of voters support creating an office of inspector general for the New York Police Department, while at the same time giving the NYPD commissioner "the highest job approval rating of any citywide elected or appointed official."

Ray Kelly's approval-disapproval numbers are 65-25, and nobody else comes close. (Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at 50-43.)

And it's not just because the public reflexively throws their support behind the NYPD and whoever is the police commissioner. Historically, Kelly has out-performed his department, and his predecessors.

Supporting the creation of an IG for the NYPD has become the default position of the Democratic mayoral candidates. It's also giving Bloomberg and a number of editorial boards a reason to seriously consider the Republican candidates, since they oppose it.

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The current Democratic candidates are attempting to navigate these seemingly contradictory poll results (desire for more oversight of the NYPD plus enthusiastic approval of the department's direction), as illustrated by Christine Quinn's support for all of the above.

Anthony Weiner, who has not had occasion to take positions on any of these kinds of things for quite some time, was not included in any of the polling.

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The stakes in Weiner's comeback are lower than the attention level might indicate. [Josh Benson]

Video: Rivals and voters react to Weiner's possible comeback. [Azi Paybarah]

Chuck Schumer celebrates a background check breakthrough, quietly. [Reid Pilifant]

De Blasio promises to out-infrastructure Bloomberg somehow. [Dana Rubinstein]

Liu tries running to the left of de Blasio. [Reid Pillifant]

A rich City Council candidate in Coney Island opts out of the race and plans to form a political action committee focusing on small businesses. [Azi Paybarah]

A city-funded report says a 7-train extension to New Jersey is doable and necessary. [Dana Rubinstein]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."

8:30 a.m. City Councilwoman Gale Brewer addresses the Government Affairs Professionals breakfast, at the Penn Club, 30 West 44th Street, in Manhattan. @GaleABrewer #GAPbkfst

9 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivers a speech on the future of New York City's Mass Transit System, at the Little Theater at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, in Long Island City, Queens. @ChriscQuinn #TransitNYC

9:15 a.m. Brewer attends the Federation of Welfare Protestant Agencies Annual City Legislative Breakfast, at 281 Park Avenue South, in Manhattan. @GaleABrewer #FWPAbkfst

10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after announcing a partnership deal between NYU and Microsoft and Lutron Electronics, at 1 MetroTech Center, in Brooklyn. @MikeBloomberg

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: former governor David Paterson on how to reform Albany. Plus, highlights from the forum on housing, moderated by Lehrer. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer #GovPaterson #Scandal2013

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: Note: "OFF THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE LIVING POSSIBILITIES (BUT NOT GIVING UP RADIO SHOW.) RETURN EARLY NEXT WEEK." [Talk1300]

11 a.m. NYC is Not 4 Sale protests outside Quinn's district office, at 224 West 30th Street, in Manhattan. @NYCisNot4Sale #NYC2013

12:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson unveils a public safety plan, on the 6th Floor of John Jay College, 899 10th Avenue (enter on 11th Avenue, between 58th & 59th Streets), in Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #SafeNYC

3 p.m. Bloomberg has a photo-op with Prime Minister Tony Blair, at City Hall.

5 p.m. The Queens College Democratic Club hosts a mayoral debate, in Room 320 of the Rosenthal Library, at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. @BillThompsonNYC @SalAlbanese2013 @DeBlasioNYC #NYC2013 #QueensDebate

6 p.m. Quinn attends Borough President Marty Markowitz's last State of the Borough speech, at the Barclay's Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn @MartyMarkowitz #Brooklyn2013

6 p.m. Brewer delivers the keynote address at "Internet Everywhere: The Rle & Policy Implications of Public Wi-Fi in NYC," co-hosted by NY Law School, eBay NYC, at 625 6th Avenue, in Manhattan. @GaleABrewer @NYLawSchool #WIFitalk

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall:" State Senator Kevin Parker, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Lew Fidler discuss political corruption. Plus, consultants Hank Sheinkopf and Roger Stone on Weiner's possible mayoral bid. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @SenatorParker @MicahKellner @mmViverito @SheinkopfLtd @RogerStoneJr #Scandal2013 #Weiner2013

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9 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidates attend the New Visions Democratic Club meeting, at 37-06 77th Street, in Jackson Heights, Queens. @BillThompsonNYC @SalAlbanese2013 #NYC2013 #NewVisions

Anthony Weiner

In the Times comments section, a man who says he taught Weiner at SUNY Plattsburgh said, "The only quality I recall was remarkable arrogance -- along with decidedly mediocre intelligence." [Dr. Svetistephen]

"There was little consensus among consultants interviewed Wednesday about which current candidates would be hurt and helped by a Weiner run." [Andrew Grossman]

Weiner's bid hurts de Blasio and Quinn: "[Bill] Thompson, the former city comptroller, all but confirmed the plus side by urging Weiner to jump in." [Davi Seifman, Sally Goldenberg and Carl Campanile]

"William C. Thompson Jr.'s campaign manager all but invited [Weiner] into the race…" [Michael Barbaro]

Weiner's bid helps Quinn: "a source on her campaign suggested Weiner’s entry would further highlight Quinn’s position as the only woman running." [Celeste Katz and Jonathan Lemire]

One editorial board needs convincing about Weiner's maturity level. [Daily News]

One editorial board has given up hope on Weiner's redemption. [New York Post]

The Post asks women about Weiner. [Dana Sauchelli and Yasmine Phillips]

Weiner needs to build a campaign around policy issues, not his personality. [Chris Bragg]

"Many are eager to hear the stump speech" from Weiner. [Sheila Anne Fenney]

Cartoon: "Look@ Weiner's tweeting me photos of his chastity belt…" [Margulies]

Video: Jake Tapper: "In other words, he's watching you and me right now and he's deciding whether or not he should run based on how snarky and obnoxious my interview with you is." [The Lead]

Video: Jonathan Van Meter: "The guy that I met seemed really ambivalent about whether he even wants to get back into politics or not." [Hardball]

Video: Al Sharpton: "If a governor can get redemption in the Bible-Belt, can you get redemption in New York when you have no real physical acts here, you just have the photos." And: "Are there any strong enough candidates in the Democratic primary that would stop him form having a strong showing, if not a victorious showing?" [Politics Nation]

Video: Ari Melber: "How long do you cover the sex crap? And in a long New York City race, he can definitely get past it." [The Last Word]

2013

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Gloria Steinem endorsed Quinn. [Ivan Pereira]

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Mark Green endorsed Barry Grodenchik for Queens borough president. [Lisa Colangelo]

City Hall / City Council

More on retired NYPD official Joseph Esposito's testimony at the stop-and-frisk trial. [Kathleen Horan]

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Albany

Cuomo vetoed 202 items from the state budget. [Ken Lovett]

A pro-fracking advocate criticizes Cuomo in an op-ed. [John Krohn]

State Senator Jose Peralta wants to cut the tax credit businesses get for hiring teens. [Glenn Blain]

Assemblyman Nelson Castro apologized. [Winnie Hu]

Washington

Cuomo says Schumer's gun bill is "only better than nothing." [Jimmy Vielkind]

The outlines of an immigration deal don't include any immediate benchmarks for border enforcement. [Julia Preston]

The gun control bill in Washington isn't going to get any better. [Daily News]

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer previews the Republican line of attack against Cuomo if he runs for president, calling the governor a "classic Northeastern liberal." [Jon Lentz]

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