NEW YORK (PIX11) – The frenzy continues in efforts to get Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to run for Mayor.
The latest attempt comes in the form of a poll commissioned by an anonymous donor who shelled out $17,000 for the survey.
It concluded that Kelly would defeat the three Republicans now in the race, Joe Lohta, John Catsamatidis and George MacDonald. In a matchup with two of the Democratic contenders, Kelly was favored over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn 41 to 38%.
It’s an equally razor-thin lead over former Comptroller Bill Thompson 41% to 40% — both statistical ties. The telephone poll, which critics claim is flawed, also found that 63% of those questioned approve of Kelly, while 34% do not.
The survey was conducted before Anthony Weiner got into the race. Political consultants Joe Wiscovich and Hank Sheinkopf told PIX 11 News the poll is indicative of voter discontent with the current field of candidates engaged in what has thus far been a lackluster campaign, and they’re looking for other options. They both doubt that Kelly will enter the race.
Wiscovich was of the belief the poll was commissioned as a wake-up call to the Republican candidates to get them more energized in the campaign. Asked about the poll and whether he intends to run, the Police Commissioner said he was flattered, but declared, “I have no plans to run for elected office.”