Rudy: Lhota to decide on mayoral run by ChristmasBy
Even as Joe Lhota himself refuses to comment on the rumors that he may run for mayor, his former City Hall boss is far more willing to discuss the possibility. In an interview with Daily News reporter Ken Lovett, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that Lhota will decide by Christmas if he wants to ditch the MTA and run for mayor. “I’d like to see him run for the city and for the Republican Party, but I want him to be aware of the fact that it’s a very tough road,” Giuliani said.
According to The News, Lhota would have to step down as CEO and Chairman of the MTA were he to run for mayor next year, and Giuliani notes that this is a decision Lhota is not taking lightly. “He’s trying to figure it out. He loves his job,” the former mayor said. Lhota, said Rudy, must decide if he can “raise the cash to run a viable campaign.” Were he to run, Lhota would face a GOP primary challenger in Adolfo Carrión and a slate of Democrats who are both out-polling and out-fundraising their Republican counterparts. Furthermore, despite high marks from the public for the MTA’s post-Sandy performance, any Democrat outpolled Lhota by a 60-9 margin in a recent Q poll.
As I’ve said in the past, I’d prefer to see Lhota stay with the MTA. Lhota is the fifth agency head in the last six years, and turmoil at the top has cost the MTA an opportunity to move forward. Lhota’s current term runs through 2015, and were he to stay, he could oversee the next capital plan, a MetroCard replacement project and other innovations that have stalled amidst turnover in the CEO/Chairman position. Though should we really expect that much stability with the MTA these days?