Tom Allon switches parties for 2013 campaign for mayor's office
It looks like next year's mayoral race won't be a one party contest.
Manhattan Media publisher and mayoral candidate Tom Allon announced Monday that he registered as a Republican.
"New York City has been blessed with leaders who put progress, reform and good government ahead of party," he said outside the Museum of Natural History.
Allon was originally going to run in the Democratic primary against several potential candidates including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller John Liu and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.
The media publisher called his potential opponents the "silent five" because they haven't opened up about their plans to improve the city if elected.
A spokesman for John Liu wished Allon "the best in his endeavors," while representatives for the other possible candidates declined to comment about Allon's switch.
Daniel W. Isaacs, the chair of New York Republican County Committee, welcomed Allon's party change but didn't endorse him for the mayor's race.