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If Something That Will Never Happen Happens, Dick Grasso Will Run For Mayor Of New York

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Been missing Dick Grasso in your life? Have a recurring fantasy in which he runs for Mayor of New York City? Today's your lucky day, because Dick has promised his fans he'll do just that.

Grasso told an audience at Wagner College on Staten Island last night that he'll put himself on the ballot when and if two things happen. One, if police commissioner Raymond Kelly, who Dick believes "possesses the skills and résumé to be mayor," doesn't run and two if Eliot Spitzer does.

“If the man who really should be the mayor, the next mayor of the city of New York, the great police commissioner Ray Kelly, chooses not to run, and if my former adversary does run as an independent in 2013, I will run for mayor of the City of New York,” he said to loud applause. Wagner’s media relations director, Lee Manchester, who attended the speech, called it a “conditional declaration.” While Mr. Grasso could not be reached for comment, it does not appear he has taken any additional steps to prepare for a campaign.

Don't even dare him on this one because he swears he'll do it, just as soon as those conditions are met, which could very well happen (around the time patronizing hookers becomes socially acceptable).

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