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NYC mayoral race to get its first haircut

(L-R) Democratic primary candidates for Mayor of New

(L-R) Democratic primary candidates for Mayor of New York City Anthony D. Weiner, Sal F. Albanese, John C. Liu, Christine C. Quinn, William C. Thompson Jr., Erick J. Salgado, Bill de Blasio face off during a debate at the Town Hall in Manhattan. (Aug. 21, 2013) Credit: Ruth Fremson

Let the Bloomberg nostalgia begin!

You know it's coming, right? Nassau Democrats and Suffolk Republicans aren't the only ones with a busy Tuesday planned. New York City voters will narrow the D and R mayoral fields, putting a worthy mob of also-rans out of their inevitable misery.

Quinn, de Blasio, Weiner, Thompson, Liu, Albanese -- and then there will, at most, be two Democrats left. Lhota, Catsimatidis, McDonald -- a similar winnowing will occur among the Republican wannabes.

I'm not bothering to use full names here. With the campaigns most of these candidates have run, they're lucky to be mentioned at all. Here's all you need to know as the field gets its first haircut: front-runner Quinn has faded, liberal de Blasio has surged, old regular Thompson isn't dead yet, plodding Liu probably is, Albanese definitely is and self-destructive Weiner is already icy and stiff. He just doesn't know it yet. Among the R's, Lhota got the Rudy aura, Catsimatidis has the bucks and McDonald with his Doe Fund has some actual urban achievement and only the faintest hope in this field.

Oh, and Randy Credico, a radical stand-up comedian who will be at the bottom of the Democratic pile, definitely tells the most bitingly honest jokes.

The Democratic candidates have almost all been running I'm-not-Bloomberg campaigns, knocking the incumbent mayor from the left. Trashing his stop-and-frisk policies. Bashing his charter-change third term. Portraying the headstrong billionaire mayor as a headstrong billionaire. Not one of them seeming to grasp how he managed to steer the city, mostly successfully, through 12 perilous years.

That's where this conversation is headed next.

The 2013 race for mayor of New York has been one long game of musical chairs. The candidates are still running in frantic circles. But the music is about to stop.


1. Run.

2. Win.

3. Serve.

4. Disappoint.

5. Miss.

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