Thompson Plans Political Comeback In 2013
He may have lost a tight race to Mayor Michael Bloomberg just two months ago, but in an interview with NY1,” former city comptroller Bill Thompson says he is throwing his hat into the ring for the mayor’s race in 2013.
The decision to declare so early may be unprecedented and leads to questions about how and when Thompson will begin to campaign in earnest, as well as what he plans to do in the meantime.
Thompson was considering a Democratic primary challenge against Kirsten Gillibrand for her US Senate seat, but Thompson says that his experience running against Mayor Bloomberg has put him in a unique position to once again run for City Hall.
“I don’t think anyone is going to underestimate me again is one thing and I think that people overestimated the impact of campaign spending,” Thompson said. “I was working at a disadvantage and an uphill battle. So I think from the beginning both the political pundits and the reporters as well as pollsters overlooked some things and missed some things, missed the desire of people all across the city for change and I don’t think that will happen again.”