Public advocate Bill de Blasio, who formerly represented brownstone Brooklyn areas in the City Council, has hired consultants for a prospective mayoral race, Tuesday’s New York Times reported. De Blasio, who has not yet formally announced, has secured the services of John Del Cecato, who is currently working on President Obama’s re-election campaign, and Anna Greenberg, a pollster who worked with Del Cecato on Rahm Emanuel’s successful bid to become mayor of Chicago, while Ms. Greenberg’s father, Stanley B. Greenberg, will also be an adviser.
Among other likely mayoral contenders are City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has also flirted with the idea. In the second half of 2011 de Blasio raised $1 million to give him the strongest recent showing by any of the potential candidates, the Times noted.