NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly would not rule out running for mayor this year when asked Tuesday about a recent telephone poll that posed questions about him as a candidate.
Kelly told reporters "I'm not aware of who's behind the polling," and added that he's focused on his job as commissioner and has no plans to run for office.
When pressed on whether he was ruling it out, Kelly would only say: "no plans."
Last week, reports surfaced that a polling firm has been surveying voters about the job Kelly is doing, and also asks whether respondents are satisfied with the current candidates for mayor.
Capital New York reported that a reader said the caller asked about "the best reasons to vote for Ray Kelly."
Rumors about a Kelly candidacy for the Republican nomination have swirled for years, including in previous mayoral races. He has served as Mayor Bloomberg's commissioner since 2002.