Mayoral Hopeful John Liu Hopes Federal Investigation Will Be Over by 2013

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A source passed along an advance copy of a radio interview set to air tonight, in which Comptroller John Liu says he hopes [the federal investigation ]( his fundraising will be finished before the 2013 mayoral race kicks into gear. "I'm hoping by the beginning of the year [in 2013], which will still be clear enough to get through the political season," Liu tells radio host Zev Brenner. Liu also says that he's 100 percent in for a mayoral run - and expects that his campaign will be "fully funded" to max out on fundraising for a Democratic primaryby the end of 2012. "We are moving full-speed ahead," Liu added. "The big election, believe it or not, is now 57 weeks away. We're fully prepared for it." The full, 13-minute interview can be heard tonight at 8 p.m. on AM 620 on the show [Talkline with Zev Brenner]( One especially amusing part comes when Brenner asks Liu about the New York Post's frequently negative coverage of Liu's office and campaign. "Listen, I appreciate all that attention from the New York Post," Liu says. "We respectfully request that they spell the name right. It's L-I-U. And throw in a photo if you can." To read more from City & State [click here. ](

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