Could Weiner’s Fall Give a Boost to Police Commissioner Kelly?


The resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) after his embarrassing online escapades ends his chances of winning the mayor’s race in New York City. It also means, says Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky, that the next mayor will probably still be a Democrat but the odds of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly running as a Republican increase.

Tomasky says that as the leading Democratic contenders are all either Manhattanites or liberal or both—considered liabilities in running for mayor–City—Weiner's collapse makes it somewhat more likely that the mayoralty will stay in GOP hands if Kelly runs. Ironically, Weiner was a major supporter of policing in Washington. He was the sponsor of a successful amendment that restored federal funding for the Community Oriented Policing Program after congressional appropriations committees had recommended cutting it sharply during the current fiscal year.

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