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Schroeder has 'no plans' for mayoral run, but...

By Robert J. McCarthy

Ask Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder about running for mayor in 2013 and he'll provide his standard non-answer.

"I've said all along, I have no plans to run for mayor," he said again this week.

Indeed, the comptroller has not discussed even with friends the possibility of challenging Mayor Byron W. Brown and possibly Bernard Tolbert, the former Buffalo FBI chief who has formed a fund-raising committee. And Schroeder has not even hinted at efforts to raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed for a serious shot at City Hall.

"I'm a planner, and I have no plans to run for mayor," he said. "I don't know what else I could possibly say."

But Schroeder also acknowledged this week the difference between "I have no plans to run for mayor" and "I will not run for mayor."  As a result, he did not challenge the idea that the wording of his statement leaves open the slight possibility he could change his mind.

That nuance, however, remains the furthest extent of a possible Schroeder candidacy this year.

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