On Sunday, a Facebook page suddenly appeared looking to recruit Vallone to run against Mayor Bill de Blasio in the next election. The motivation to start the campaign is due in large part to de Blasio's relationship with the NYPD and how he has handled the fallout from the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case.
One post on the page paints de Blasio as “blatantly hostile to New York's Finest” and accuses him of dismantling the “New York City renaissance that was ushered in by Mayor Rudy Giuliani and preserved by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”
The person behind the page appears to be a former GOP political operative in the city who readily admits that given the current state of the Republican Party, it has little to no chance of fielding a credible candidate that could challenge de Blasio in three years. So he implores the GOP to think outside the box. Here's a portion of one post:
“The only candidate I have seen who could credibly challenge and defeat de Blasio is former New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. While he is a registered Democrat, Vallone was cross-endorsed by the Conservative Party in all of his races and was a true common-sense, conservative voice in the City Council. He is more in line with the centrist politics of most outer borough NYC Democrats and most NYC Republicans. He would restore the effective anti-crime, quality of life policies championed by Giuliani and Bloomberg.”
And if Vallone loses a Democratic Primary, the page hypothesizes, Vallone could be granted a Wilson-Pakula to get on the Republican ballot for mayor, ensuring he would be on the ballot in November no matter what.
As we write this, the Facebook page isn't even 24 hours old, so we're not sure if Vallone has seen it yet or what he thinks of it, but a Vallone in the mayoral race in three years sure would make things interesting.