Though the potential 2013 mayoral field is littered with polarizing candidates and at least one promising entry–Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn, Ray Kelly, et al–there’s no one big-name superstar in the running. But according to the New York Times, if Michael Bloomberg had his way, that wouldn’t be the case: the paper is reporting that the sitting mayor recently put in a phone call to none other than retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to seek the New York City seat. It’s hard to argue with Clinton’s acumen, but the fact that she isn’t a resident of the city is sure to raise a few eyebrows. However, as the Times points out, residency didn’t stop her from becoming senator in 2000.
Representatives from Bloomberg’s and Clinton’s camps declined to comment, but sources said it’s unlikely Clinton would make a run. As for whether a politician who’d be a handed the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on a silver platter should she choose to pursue it would even be interested in running NYC, party operative Robert Zimmerman had this zinger to offer. “If in fact [Bloomberg] did say that to Hillary Clinton,” he said, “it’s only because he holds the position and therefore regards it as a step up from being president.”