Ferraro: Get back to me in 2009
Democratic heavyweight Geraldine Ferraro has some advice for local political candidates seeking her support in 2009: Call me after the presidential race.
The one-time Congress member and the country’s first female vice president contender (she was Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984) was in City Hall yesterday to meet with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn – but Quinn’s possible mayoral run in 2009 was not on the agenda.
Ferraro was recently hired as a legislative consultant to Allied International Union, which represents about 6,000 security guards in the city. She was urging Quinn to amend the city’s living wage ordinance so the security guards, who earn $10 an hour on average, can get raise. They haven’t received a pay bump since 2006 because caps in the ordinance expired.
But when the Daily News’ Kathleen Lucadamo asked Ferraro if she had any favorites for the 2009 mayor’s race, she said “I haven’t gotten involved in that one yet,” explaining that she’s been preoccupied with “this thing called the presidential race.” She said she is asking her friends and fellow Democrats who are running in 2009 races and want her support, “Can you get to me later?”
A steadfast Hillary Clinton supporter, she called Mayor Bloomberg a “terrific mayor.” But as for speculation that he will run for president as an Independent candidate, she said “I don’t see the need for a third party candidate” because “we have an abundance of riches in the Democratic party.”
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