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Tuesday, June 19, 2021

Never a dull moment when Hizzoner Michael Bloomberg flirts with Presidential ambition. A lifelong Democrat who converted to the GOP only when he realized he was a really really rich guy, Bloomberg today officially unaffiliated himself from the Republicans, a move interpreted as groundwork for an independent 2008 bid for the White House.

Should he choose to throw his hat into the ring, Bloomberg may effectively negate another former New York mayor’s election prospects:

What is more, Mr. Bloomberg has arguably at least as strong a claim on New York City’s prosperity as his predecessor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican nomination. If Mr. Bloomberg decides to run as an independent or third-party candidate, he might find that he enjoys the benefits of New York City’s successes without the ideological burdens that Mr. Giuliani has faced in trying to win the Republican nomination while being identified with such positions as supporting abortion, gay rights and gun control.

The early line is that it’s unclear from which party Bloomberg would siphon more votes. Republicans are the more disaffected electorate, which is reflected in the relative disarray in the current GOP nomination field; and Bloomberg could appeal to that sentiment. On the other hand, his moderate stance on most hot-button issues could draw plenty of moderate Democrat votes.

That’s all if he decides to blow his money on a Ross Perot-like run. He could just as easily finish out his term as NYC mayor, and then prep for a 2012 White House bid.

But if he does press “go” this year, consider: The nation could have a slate of candidates with New York roots: Giuliani as the Republican candidate, Bloomberg as the Indy, and Hillary Clinton — current Senator from New York, remember? — as the Democrat. Youse got a problem wit dat?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/19/2007 11:12:00 PM
Category: Politics, New Yorkin'
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