The last six months have been favorable to Bill Thompson, the former City Comptroller having raked in a total sum of $1m, more than any contender for the 2013 run for New York City mayor seat.
According to top staffers in his campaign, Thompson, who came out of nowhere last week to garner the one-million dollar fund has been low-key following his narrow defeat to incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009.
As a former contender, and having lost to Bloomberg in the last dispensation Thompson feels more comfortable, not having to contest with one of the richest men in the country.
Thompson reportedly said that "I don't think there is any sense of inevitability in anyone. There is no incumbent. There is no person that's going to spend $120 million. I think it's a very level-playing field this time around."
Among top Democrats who Thompson has to contend with include Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, Comptroller, John Liu, and Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio. Of the trio however, only Quinn seems to have problems with the black voters who control 25 - 30 percent of total votes in the city.
Having had substantial fund in her campaign purse, analysts are saying that Quinn is more sure footed than Thompson whose overall campaign fund is less that $2m, going by the latest financial information from both camps.
Political analysts are of the view that given the absence of a major money-bag candidate in the likes of Mayor Bloomberg, the playing field is indeed level for the contenders to play on.