Apparently, Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is considering tossing his hat into the 2013 race for mayor, meeting with consultants and political advisors about the validity of such a campaign.
Smith has been making the rounds in the press floating the idea that he just might join the list of candidates, a potential list that already includes some pretty big political heavy-hitters, such as Christine Quinn, Scott Stringer, John Liu, Bill Thompson, and Bill de Blasio.
And don’t even get us started on that rumored comeback for Anthony Weiner!
Call us skeptical, but we don’t really think that Smith is serious about running for mayor, but surely he does love all of the attention.
First off, Smith doesn’t exactly have citywide name recognition. In fact, he’s barely known even in Queens outside of his district in southeast part of the borough, so he would have an uphill battle to say the least if he were to try to run a five-borough campaign.
Secondly, his tenure in the State Senate has been at times rocky to say the least, including losing his leadership spot in the notorious coup that left Albany paralyzed a few years back on his watch. He’ll definitely have to answer questions and criticisms about that.
No, more likely Smith will stay in the State Senate, or as some insiders have hypothesized, he’ll simply “swap” seats with the term-limited Councilman Leroy Comrie, if the latter doesn’t run for borough president that is.
That’s great, because nothing makes us more pleased than when elected officials make the unilateral decision to just “swap” offices. Don’t voters matter anymore?