'Subway Gunman' Goetz: Ray Kelly Best Choice to Succeed Bloomberg

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 05:39 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Notorious "subway gunman" Bernhard Goetz says Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is the best person to succeed Michael Bloomberg as the mayor of New York City.

"I trust Ray Kelly. I wish he would run for mayor," Goetz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"If the Republicans want to get a mayor elected, you know what they should do? Just give Ray Kelly the nomination. Don’t give it to [former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Joseph] Lhota. Give it to Ray Kelly."

Goetz, who shot four youths he believed were trying to mug him on a New York City subway in 1984, said he is disgusted by the candidates who have declared themselves so far.

"They're basically weak people ethically, morally. They're not heavy hitters like [former Mayor Rudolph] Giuliani or Bloomberg," said Goetz, 65.

"I consider the city lucky to have a mayor like Bloomberg. I don’t like him, but nobody likes him. He's not a likable man. But at least he's basically honest — even if you don’t agree with a number of the things he's done."

Goetz said he's not disturbed by the past troubles of mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, a former Congressman who resigned after it was revealed he exchanged messages and explicit photos with several women.

"The sex thing? That means nothing to me," he said, adding that Weiner and his competitors are all "typical New York politicians."

"It basically means that we've got a poor selection of candidates to choose from. The good news is only one of them is going to win the Democratic primary and only one of them is going to be mayor.”

Goetz, an electronics salesman, still lives in New York.

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