Minus One 2013 Candidate In NYC, Floyd Won’t Run (Updated)
Here’s an unusual turn of events, Teamsters President Greg Floyd, who surprised the NYC political world when he filed paperwork for a 2013 mayoral run back in September, just informed me during a CapTon interview that he has decided to pull his hat out of the ring.
Six weeks ago I made a decision, along with my executive board, we had a discussion, that I would not be running for any public office in New York City,” Floyd told me.
“And I’ve since ceased any campaign finance raising. I just didn’t make a big deal out of it. I see the headlines and everything, but I’m telling you – you’re the first person to publicly ask me that question – and I’m telling you I am not going to be a candidate for any city office in 2013.”
This was something of a shock, particularly since it was only yesterday that Floyd started running a radio ad down in NYC that slammed Comptroller John Liu – widely viewed as a strong 2013 mayoral contender until his fundraising became the focus of several investigations – for his plan to merge NYC’s pension funds. I asked Floyd about that, and he replied:
“What this is about is my responsibility to the New York City pension funds, and I see John Liu is not coming up with a viable plan. Because he made this announcement on the 27th of October and to this day he still doesn’t have a concrete plan of how this is going to work and what’s he plans to do. He keeps saying, well, I’m trying to iron out the details.”
“If you have a press conference of that magnitude you would think you would have everything in order. So my question would be: How much of this is political on his end to try to throw someone off the trail of what he’s facing.”
Floyd insisted that he is not throwing in the towel due to a lack of viability, insisting that he actually received pledges for some $100,000 worth of campaign contributions. (Not too shabby, but a far cry from the $4 million frontrunner NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn has raised).
Floyd also said he realized he is “needed in the labor field,” adding:
“You look at what’s going on with Occupy Wall Street if you become mayor, you can’t advocate the way you’re advocating now for people who work for a living. I think I’m needed right here as a labor leader in New York City, and I’ll leave the politics to other people. I’d rather be on this side and be an advocate than be a political leader in this day and age. And I think at this time I’m suited for what I’m doing.”
UPDATE: City&State reminds us…Floyd is a Nassau County resident. Just sayin.
UPDATE2: Election Law attorney Jerry Goldfeder writes: “One is required to be a resident of New York City on the day one is elected mayor. Just sayin’.” So, perhaps a lack of interest in relocating had something to do with it, too.
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