It’s fashionable to say the New York mayoral race is a dud: No one is paying attention, the field is weak. False: The Democratic primary, fewer than three months away, is an embarrassment of riches. Whatever candidate you might conjure up — in policies or background — you can find. The choice is yours.
The contrast to the last two open elections couldn’t be sharper. In 2013, when then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg couldn’t run again, voters had their pick of four Democratic candidates. All had come up through Gotham’s establishment politics: Bill de Blasio, public advocate and previously a councilman; John Liu, comptroller and ex-councilman; Christine Quinn, yet another city councilwoman (and speaker); Bill Thompson, a former comptroller; and Anthony Wiener, Brooklyn congressman and former aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer.
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