On the same day that the criminal trial of his former campaign treasurer and a former fundraiser began, John Liu turned in a strong performance at a mayoral candidate forum. Five Democrats participated in the forum, which was hosted by the Staten Island Democratic Committee. It was also the day of the Boston Marathon bombing and the forum mood was subdued.
Here are two clips:
In his closing statement, John Liu addressed the campaign finance investigation. He also managed to get the biggest laughs of the night, with his four rivals joining in. Watch.
Afterwards, I asked Liu about the proposal, advanced by Christine Quinn, that New York City control the MTA. Watch what he had to say.
Update: Here is an additional clip, showing a seemingly carefree Liu working the pre-forum audience.