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Test Poll: Kelly Would Shake Up Race

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Throughout the current mayoral race, Democrats in NYC have expressed their eagerness to take control of the city after 20 years of Republican rule. However, there is one guy that could destroy the dream for the Democratic hopefuls: Ray Kelly.

A new test poll of 600 likely voters in New York City shows the entrance of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly into the mayoral campaign would dramatically shake up the race and catapult him to instant front runner status in both the Republican primary and the general elections.

As an undeclared candidate, Kelly already edges out two leading Democratic candidates tested in head-to-head match-ups in this survey, conducted by the polling company, inc/Woman Trend. As the Republican nominee in the general election, Kelly would likely beat both Christine Quinn (41 to 38) and Bill Thompson (40 to 39).

Kelly also has a decisive lead among Independent voters. He leads Ms. Quinn by 9 points (40-31) and Mr. Thompson by a whopping 25 points (51-26).

Against Quinn, Kelly leads in four of the five boroughs and only trails by three points among women . Against Thompson, Kelly leads in three of the five boroughs and has an edge among both men and women, eliminating the gender gap.

Voters were asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the candidates: more voters said they were favorable toward Kelly than anyone else tested (49% favorable to 19% unfavorable), including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other announced candidates. His support is wide and deep, with a positive image among every age group, ethnicity, income level, in all five boroughs, even among liberals and Democrats.

To the dismay of John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota, Ray Kelly is also in a great position to win the Republican nomination, should he enter the race. On the Republican primary ballot, Kelly leads with more than 50% of the vote and is ahead of all other candidates tested. Similarly, 54% of Republican primary voters say that Kelly has the best chance to win in November.

But there is one major barrier standing in Kelly’s way, if indeed he decides to shake up the race by running. To get on a major party line, he’d need a Wilson-Pakula, or permission from three out of five county committees from any given party, Azi Paybarah notes.

A critical number of Republican county officials are at the moment committed to John Catsimatidis, who has donated a substantial amount of money to their organizations.  That ain’t happening.

In a statement responding to the poll, Catsimatidis said, “I think the world of Ray Kelly, and I hope he would stay on as Police Commissioner in a Catsimatidis administration. I’m in this race to stay and, frankly, with petitioning starting next Tuesday, it’s really too late in the game to enter the race.”

Joe Lhota, in a previous conversation, told this reporter that as far as he was aware, “Ray Kelly is focused on his job as Police commissioner.”

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly would not rule out running for mayor when asked Tuesday about the telephone poll.

Kelly told reporters “I’m not aware of who’s behind the polling,” and added that he’s focused on his job as commissioner and has no plans to run for office.

When pressed on whether he was ruling it out, Kelly would only say: “no plans.”

And now, as promised, Anthony Weiner’s message about trust at The Jewish Press candidates forum Wednesday night:


We’re Fortunate To Have Ray Kelly As Police Commissioner

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

In July 1993, I joined a group of Jewish leaders on a visit to Israel with then-Mayor David N. Dinkins. One morning as we had breakfast at the King David Hotel terrace overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, Dinkins confided, “I wish Ray Kelly were in charge before Crown Heights blew up.” By this time, Ray Kelly had become police commissioner and had made a clear impact on the mayor.

I thought of the moment when Ray Kelly was chosen by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reassume leadership of the NYPD not long after 9/11. Whenever there is talk of possible terrorist attacks against New York City, I look at my family, friends and neighbors and feel fortunate that the city’s security is in Commissioner Kelly’s hands (and the hands of the superb people he surrounds himself with).

When I or any member of my family is out late at night, there is a sense of ease because of the way crime has been diminished even further by the NYPD under Kelly.

Whenever there is a perceived threat, I can see the increased security at synagogues and identifiably Jewish locations. Terrorists have made it clear that Jews are significant targets for them. However, if Jews were suspected of being terrorists, I would hope the law enforcement community would be leaving no stone unturned – including surveillance at my synagogue – to get to the threats.

It is for these reasons that I cannot comprehend the recent uproar over a video that actually states at its beginning that it is only a “minority of Muslims” who are suspected of terrorism.

Commissioner Kelly has apologized for appearing in the video. Possibly he felt he had to do so to maintain continued positive relations with Muslim communities, but his upstanding record for a decade should have been enough. Mayor Bloomberg and his police commissioner have been extraordinarily gracious and effective in their outreach to the Muslim community.

And now, in addition to the ongoing concerns about lone wolf terrorists, we learn of Iran’s (and Hizbullah’s and Hamas’s) threats to strike at America and the Zionists (read Jews). Intelligence reports from Washington, D.C. law enforcement confirms that those threats center on areas with significant Jewish populations.

New York City is in the cross hairs of these types of threats. Fortunately, our police commissioner is laser-focused on preventing any attacks. His staff is thoroughly prepared – but imagine if, God forbid, an attack succeeded because somehow the politically correct among us forced the NYPD to decrease its levels of surveillance.

I am disappointed at the speed with which some have forgotten the daily risks that are taken to protect all New Yorkers. Police officers today would rush into danger, as they did on September 11th, 2001, while ensuring the safety of all others. Commissioner Kelly and his department are known to be especially sensitive about religion and ethnicity. I have seen clergy meetings with all faiths take place at One Police Plaza and this commissioner’s outreach to all communities is second to none.

I believe only a small minority of Muslims oppose the NYPD on this because the majority want their families to be protected and all recognize that even one terrible terrorist incident would lead to conditions that might include ethnic profiling or worse. The best protection against that is for the police department to be allowed to do its job.

While I agree that civil liberties must be protected, it is outrageous to suggest that the practices of the NYPD have in any serious way threatened that goal. Tragically, there are some who protested the killing of Osama bin Laden. Not surprisingly, some are now leading the attempt to tie the hands of law enforcement and particularly the NYPD during this dangerous time.

All people of good will – Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, non-believers – need to rally around Commissioner Kelly and other law enforcement leaders to keep each other and our city safe.

William E. Rapfogel is CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. He has led other Jewish organizations and served in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch and with Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin.

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