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May 02, 2012

The Chase for Mayor Bloomberg

President Obama and Mitt Romney "are both determined to score the endorsement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, whose name is all but synonymous with Wall Street clout and nonpartisan politics," reports the New York Times. And with the campaign in full force, "their pursuit of the billionaire mayor is headed into overdrive, with both campaigns making the kind of conspicuous ring-kissing gestures that are reserved for their most sought-after political allies, even though the candidates publicly disagree with the mayor on a range of issues."

"Mr. Bloomberg, who has lent his reputation for common-sense government and his prowess for fund-raising to dozens of candidates from both parties over the past decade, feared that an endorsement in the 2008 race might have negative repercussions for the city he oversees. But as his mayoral term winds down, he has told advisers that he is willing to back a candidate this time around, touching off an intense competition for his support in the general election."

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that on Tuesday, Romney, "who was in the city to mark the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death, had breakfast with Bloomberg at the mayor's philanthropic foundation's headquarters," while over the weekend, Bloomberg played golf "with other members of the President's administration, including Vice President Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta."


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