Monday, April 16, 2012
GOP hopeful that Police Commissioner Kelly will run for mayor
While Kelly isn’t enrolled in a political party, Powers said the state Election Law would make it easy for the longtime commissioner to run as the GOP candidate.
“I will be talking to the county leaders in the city about getting behind Ray Kelly, and I think he could defeat [City Council Speaker Christine] Quinn or one of the other liberal Democrats who are looking to run,” said Powers. “I think he’d get a lot of outer-borough support and the backing of Democrats who have voted for Rudy in the past.”
Powers, who like Kelly is a former Marine, said, “Ray Kelly is a great American and a great leader, and he’s made New York City safe and he’s made America safe.”
“I think Ray Kelly can be talked into running, and I wouldn’t have said that a year ago,’’ said the source.
Powers doesn’t think party lines alone will be enough to defeat Kelly.