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Clintons Steering Clear of New York Mayoral Primary

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:48 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Bill and Hillary Clinton are staying clear of the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, with both making statements on Monday that they are too close to the candidates to take sides.

The race is being stirred up by the news that former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton's longtime aide Huma Abedin, plans to declare his candidacy this week by video, reports Politico.

The primary will include City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who, if she wins, would be New York's first female and openly gay mayor; Bill de Blasio, Hillary Clinton's former 2000 Senate campaign manager; and former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who would be the city's second black mayor if he is elected.

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Weiner still carries the notoriety from his resignation after he admitted using Twitter to send sexually explicit photographs of himself to young women.

Reports have pegged the Clintons as being unhappy with Weiner's scandal. They also know the other candidates and said don't want to play favorites.

"Secretary Clinton knows all of the candidates, she has worked with many of them, and is close with many of them, so [she] won't be weighing in one way or the other," said her spokesman, Nick Merrill, in a statement to Politico.

In addition, former President Clinton's spokesman said he "has too many friends in this race who have been good to him and his family. He wishes them all well, but won’t be getting involved."

The Clintons differ in their response to political races. Hillary has not spoken out about a race since leaving the State Department earlier this year, while Bill continues to comment on some primaries, depending on how well he knows the candidate.


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