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January 08, 2013

Bloomberg Still Sees No Worthy Successor

The New York Times suggests outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is unhappy with the slate of candidates running to succeed him.

"Bloomberg has mused about a Mayor Charles E. Schumer with the Democratic senator from New York, and teased Mortimer B. Zuckerman, a fellow billionaire media mogul, about a possible bid. The mayor's advisers raised the idea of a run with Edward G. Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and mayor of Philadelphia, and with Edward Skyler, Mr. Bloomberg's former top deputy in City Hall... The mayor's most formal overture was delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, perhaps Mr. Bloomberg's most quixotic choice for the job."

First Read: "How much sway does Bloomberg really have though? Yes, he changed the rules to win a third term, but voters didn't overwhelmingly send him back. He spent millions to win a race that should never been as close as it was. Candidates who decide to fall under Bloomberg's spell about running ought to take a look at the 2009 results: Bloomberg didn't crack 51%."


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