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
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
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
PRAISE FOR POLITICAL WIRE
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politics, but only a few actually do. Political Wire is one of them."
-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
"Political Wire is one of only four or five sites that I check every
day and sometimes several times a day, for the latest political news
-- Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report
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-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
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-- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
"If I were on the proverbial
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-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
"Taegan Goddard has a knack for digging out political gems that too
often get passed over by the mainstream press, and for delivering the
latest electoral developments in a sharp, no frills style that makes
his Political Wire an addictive blog habit you don't want to kick."
-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
"Political Wire is one of the absolute must-read sites in the blogosphere."
-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
"I rely on Taegan Goddard's Political Wire for straight, fair political news, he gets right to the point. It's an eagerly anticipated part of my news reading."
-- Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.
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