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Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr.

 

Carrion, a former City Councilman who has also served as director of the White House Office on Urban Policy, recently left the Democratic Party, and has signaled his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor, The New York Times reported Monday night.Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. is reportedly poised to enter the mayoral race — and he has ditched the Democratic Party to do so. Adolfo Carrion, with his connections at both the local and federal level, would be a legitimate challenger to take over City Hall, which has not gone to a Democrat since David Dinkins was elected in 1989.

Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. is reportedly poised to enter the mayoral race — and he has ditched the Democratic Party to do so.

Carrion, a former City Councilman who has also served as director of the White House Office on Urban Policy, recently left the Democratic Party, and has signaled his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor, The New York Times reported Monday night.

The City Island resident has been having regular talks with the Republican leaders in each borough, the paper reported, citing Carrion adviser Davidson Goldin. Carrion is slated to powwow with all five party chairmen on Wednesday. He needs three of the five to back his candidacy in order to run on the GOP line. He is also said to be courting the backing of the Independence Party.

Carrion, with his connections at both the local and federal level, would be a legitimate challenger to take over City Hall, which has not gone to a Democrat since David Dinkins was elected in 1989.

But if he is to be successful he will have to explain his past misdeeds.

The Daily News reported in 2009 that Carrion renovated his Bronx home with help from the architect of a major development that needed his approval.

As a result of the revelation, the city Conflict of Interest board hit him with a $10,000 fine.

Two candidates who are not well known in the city political arena are slated to run for mayor on the Republican line: newspaper publisher Tom Allon and Doe Fund founder and president George McDonald.

The Democratic side presents a far more complicated picture, with at least four current officials and a former mayoral candidate lining up for what promises to be a wild primary fight: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; Council Speaker Christine Quinn; City Controller John Liu; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; and former City Controller William Thompson Jr., who lost a close race to Mayor Bloomberg in 2009.

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