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Dick Grasso Says He'll Run For Mayor If Spitzer Does and Kelly Doesn't

First Posted: 04/15/11 04:00 PM ET Updated: 06/15/11 06:12 AM ET

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The race for the next Mayor of New York is really starting to heat up.

Last night Dick Grasso, former chief of The New York Stock Exchange, made a "conditional declaration" of his candidacy during a speech at Wagner College on Staten Island.

From The New York Times:

Richard A. Grasso, the former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, suggested on Thursday night that he would run for mayor of New York City in 2013 if his longtime nemesis, former Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer, entered the race and the city's police commissioner sat it out.

Grasso and former Democratic New York governor turned CNN host Eliot Spitzer, are longtime enemies after Spitzer, then New York Attorney General, sued Grasso over his $140 million dollar compensation package.

Spitzer is also interested in a run for mayor.

As the Daily Intel points out, Grasso's caveat that he'll only run if Spitzer runs as an independent suggests Spitzer might do as such, splitting the liberal vote and giving Grasso, who would likely run as a Republican, the win.

Grasso's other condition, that he'd run only if the city's police commissioner Raymond Kelly does not, comes after reports that Kelly may be under consideration to head the FBI.

Many Democrats have expressed interest in running for mayor, including New York representative Anthony Weiner; City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn; Comptroller John C. Liu; the public advocate, Bill de Blasio; and the Manhattan borough president, Scott M. Stringer, according to the Times.

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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |