A member of the Conservative group at City Hall has urged Boris Johnson to hand over more powers to the Assembly, or risk dragging them all down at the next election.
Top Tory Assembly Member Roger Evans wrote on his blog:
"Boris will be judged most stringently on his performance in the job, but the Assembly elections take place at the same time and a reaction against the mayor is certain to drag down many of the Conservative AMs in its wake."
In order to save themselves from going down with the ship, Evans proposes that 'major roles' should be taken away from 'risky' non-politicians and handed over to Assembly members. He wrote:
"Boris has appointed outsiders to major roles, often because the complex legislation leaves him with little alternative, but also to bring in the specialist skills and experience that he requires. Unfortunately there have been several high profile casualties."
And with those 'high profile casualties' now wheeled out of the hospital, Evans believes that only Assembly members have the necessary experience for the job.
Evans' appeal comes after the successful ousting of non-politician Tim Parker, by the ex-chief of Westminster Council Sir Simon Milton.
This coup, which caused short-term embarrassment for the Mayor, resulted in the top levels of Boris's administration being dominated by ex-local authority chiefs and councillors.
But although the new hierarchy will have strengthened the hand of those who seek more power for the Assembly and the boroughs, it also poses a problem for the Mayor.
Because with new policy director Anthony Browne yet to play his hand, we still do not know which wing of the Conservative Party will emerge triumphant at City Hall.