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Gizzi on Politics: Weiner’s Quandary; Lynch Switch; Thatcher Poll; Lanier for Mayor?

Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 12:29 PM

By John Gizzi

For all the reports that former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner may make a comeback this year by running for mayor of New York, seasoned political observers are starting to conclude the story is only partly true.

Yes, the 48-year-old Weiner may indeed return to electioneering two years after he sent sexually explicit pictures of himself on Twitter that led to his exit from Congress. But no, a bid for mayor is unlikely, since Weiner would be starting from scratch and such leading Democratic contenders as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and 2009 nominee Bill Thompson have been in the race for a while.

The betting is that Weiner — who has $4.3 million left in his old congressional campaign account — might have a better chance running for the city's public advocate spot or city comptroller. He could also run for the Flatiron councilman district that Quinn is vacating to run for mayor.

Lynch Seen Switching to Boston Mayor’s Race

The latest political speculation from Massachusetts is that Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch — currently seeking Secretary of State John Kerry’s old Senate seat — will next try for Boston mayor.

Following a lackluster performance in his first debate with Rep. Ed Markey, and polls showing him trailing badly, Lynch seems headed for a big loss in the Democratic primary on April 30.

So Boston polls are guessing Lynch will simply turn his Senate campaign into a bid for mayor later this year. With name recognition and an organization in place, the speculation goes, Lynch might have a chance in a crowded race to succeed retiring Mayor Thomas Menino.

Americans Admired Maggie More Than Brits

Left-of-center Brits may be denouncing Margaret Thatcher after her death and questioning whether she should have a state funeral, but Americans of all political stripes are expressing reverence for the late British prime minister.

That’s what a just-finished YouGov.com poll shows. According to the nationwide survey, 62 percent of Americans have a positive impression of the “Iron Lady” and only 8 percent have a negative impression.

The same survey of British citizens shows that 52 percent have a positive impression of Thatcher and 30 percent a negative view. In addition, the poll found that 23 percent of British voters believe Thatcher was a “terrible” prime minister but only 4 percent of Americans feel the same way.

DC Police Chief Rules Out Politics

Although she's never given a clue as to whether she leans Republican, Democrat, or independent, Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has been talked up by fans of all political stripes as a candidate for mayor when and if she decides to turn in her badge.

After six years as the top cop in the nation's capital, the 45-year-old Lanier’s image as a “cop’s cop” and emphasis on bringing the Metropolitan Police Department closer to the community has made few enemies and many fans.

When I asked her last week during an appearance at the National Press Club if she would consider a race for mayor after she retires from police work, Lanier shot back, “No.”

When a fellow questioner remarked on her national reputation and asked if she was interested in a political career “higher than mayor,” the no-nonsense chief replied rather strongly: “Not interested.”

Former city police chiefs have gone on to be mayor in such diverse big cities as Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, and New Haven, Conn.

John Gizzi is the former political editor for Human Events, working for the conservative weekly from 1979 to 2013. Gizzi is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence, was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV talk shows.

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