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Tote Board Column -- 8/9-- Rudy's Mayor Problem

    This week's Tote Board column looks at Rudy Giuliani's principal campaign obstacle so far -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

  • LorenzoJennifer said:

    Not to be a skunk at the garden party, but Michael Bloomberg's name must appear on a ballot before anyone could vote for him (a national write-in campaign ain't a-gonna happen).  The Democrat-turned-Republican (he's a RINO, some say, Republican In Name Only) began his 2001 mayoralty run as a 40-point underdog.  The primary date of September 11, 2001, had to be re-scheduled after voting had begun in the early hours.  Having defeated a GOP primary challenger, Bloomberg - who was not well-known to the general public - used the print, TV and radio outlet resources of Bloomberg L.P. in an unprecedented multi-lingual media blitz that eventually saw him endorsed by every small non-English language  newsletter in NYC.  Bloomberg outspent his Democratic opponent 5-1, having put up $73 Million out of his own pocket. He secured the nomination of the controversial Independence Party (in NY, a candidate may run as the nominee of more than one party and the candidate's total votes are gathered under their major party label). Giuliani's endorsement gave him the decisive victory boost.

    Were he to run nationally, he'd likely use H. Ross Perot's 1992 strategy of having local supporters petition state election commissions for ballot placement. Fair to say that Republican and Democratic state committees, mindful of Perot's and Nader's influences, will challenge his nomination papers tooth-and-nail.   Bloomberg, unlike Perot in '92, has a full-time day job that limits his out-of-state appearances.  When talk began percolating in late 2006 about his leaving the GOP and running as an independent Presidential candidate, billionaire Bloomberg reportedly indicated that he could spent $500 Million of his own money and not worry about it.  Howard Wolfson, Hillary's media guru, at the time stated that Bloomberg would take votes away from the Democratic nominee and no one else.

    While Bloomberg is a risk-taker, he is not a fool.  The prospect of running without at least a realistic  possibility of victory will likely stay the hand of the man from Allston, Brookline and Medford, MA.

    August 11, 2007 7:36 PM
  • LorenzoJennifer said:

    Adding on . . . Bloomberg is about as liberal as any  presidential candidate now running and more liberal in two areas: gay rights and gun control.  

    Bloomberg supports same-sex marriage.  

    Also, a New York City police officer was recently killed in the line of duty with a handgun purchased in 1999 at a Virginia gun store.  The gun's purchaser has since died and the gun has changed hands.  The store has gone out of business.  Bloomberg is seeking to have criminal charges brought in New York against the out-of-business, out-of-state store.  A reach and stretch, to be sure, but it shows Bloomberg's tenacity in pursuing something he believes in.  (Another "something" may be the Presidency).  If Mayor Mike goes for the Presidency, the N R A may be - well - "up in arms."

    August 18, 2007 4:27 PM

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