After his surprisingly competitive mayoral bid against Mayor Bloomberg, there have been various rumors about what City Comptroller Bill Thompson might do next. First there were murmurs of a Senate run, and then ones that Andrew Cuomo was eyeing him as a running mate during for his gubernatorial campaign. Now the NY Times says the Senate run is just one of three options that Thompson is mulling.
The Times reports that he "is seriously considering challenging Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in next year’s primary elections, according to people who have spoken to Mr. Thompson and his advisers... He is also considering a run against the state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, in the primaries, or returning to the private sector for now and running again for mayor in 2013." (Wow, a Thompson-Weiner mayoral primary in 2013?)
Most of the article focuses on Thompson's Senate chances. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-Bronx) tells the Times, "I think the more the numbers keep coming out saying she’s vulnerable, the more people will try to figure out where she stands on the issues... I think Thompson would make a great candidate. He is a progressive voice that hasn’t moved one way or the other over the years, and people would respect that." The Times also points out "the White House might also be hard pressed to block Mr. Thompson after having already urged Mr. Paterson, New York’s first black governor, to drop out of the 2010 race." Plus, the White House had that tepid endorsement of Thompson for the mayoral race.