In a surprise move, Kristin Davis, who was almost guaranteed the Libertarian Party's Mayoral Nomination after receiving the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, the largest and most active of the Libertarian Party County Organizations in New York City, declined the nomination she received from the floor of the New York City Nominating Convention held on April 9, 2013 at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, announcing instead her desire to run for Comptroller against Scott Stringer, the probable Democratic Nominee.
Ex-Madam Kristin Davis went on to win the nomination and will be the Libertarian Party Candidate for New York City Comptroller. Ms. Davis, a former Vice-President for Compliance of a major Wall Street Hedge Fund, said of her probable opponent:
Stringer has no financial management or business experience whatsoever. He has never held a job in the private sector and has spent his adult life on the public payroll. I have run a successful multi-million dollar business. Scott Stringer's entire financial background consists of voting in the New York State Assembly for higher taxes, more spending, more debt and more borrowing. Mr. Stringer is a career politician completely lacking in the qualifications for this job. I am anxious to match my qualifications with his.
Dr. Tom Stevens, Political Director of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, reacted to Kristin's April Surprise, as follows:
I respect Kristin's decision to seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party for whatever office she believes best suits her background and experience. The Libertarian Party of Queens County was excited about Kristin Davis' proposed run for Mayor and she was unanimously endorsed by the LPQC Executive Committee. I believe the delegates in attendance at the New York City Nominating Convention would have overwhelmingly given her the Libertarian Party's Mayoral Nomination so it was certainly not out of fear of losing the nomination that caused her to bow out and run for Comptroller.
It did surprise me, however, that the delegates in attendance at the New York City Nominating Convention gave the Libertarian Party Mayoral Nomination to possible Republican Party Mayoral Nominee Joe Lhota, the former Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who served former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the City's Budget Director and later as Deputy Mayor for Operations. This decision by the delegates is especially puzzling since Mr. Lhota did not attend the New York City Nominating Convention to seek the nomination nor did he publicly announce his willingness to accept the Libertarian Party's Mayoral Nomination. Time will tell whether he will decline the nomination after petitions are filed on his behalf. If he bows out at that time, the Committee on Vacancies will select a suitable substitute candidate.
I can confidently say the Libertarian Party of Queens County will proudly support Kristin Davis in her race to become New York City's next Comptroller.
Kristin Davis, formerly known as the Manhattan Madam, ran a high-end prostitution ring in New York City and served 4 months at Riker's Island. She now heads a non-profit organization, Hope House, to combat sex trafficking and writes for her blog Libertarian Lady. Davis successfully petitioned to get on the ballot as the gubernatorial candidate of the Anti-Prohibition Party in 2010. She supports gay marriage equality, marijuana legalization and expanded casino gambling.