Bloomberg Edging Back Towards the GOP
by Jonathan Singer, Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 01:35:05 AM EST
I'm shocked -- shocked -- to find that Mike Bloomberg is just a political opportunist who only left the Republican Party to set himself up for a potential independent run for the Presidency in 2008.
Mayor Bloomberg has begun reaching out to city Republican leaders to gauge whether he could run on the GOP line in his re-election bid this year, several sources told The Post.
The maneuvering began in the past two weeks, and sources said the mayor is expected to try to run on a major-party as well as a third-party line, likely one of his own creation.
Several sources said Bloomberg's political aides have started reaching out to GOP chairs in the five boroughs, including Manhattan's Jennifer Saul.
When the DLCers were talking up and even helping organize Bloomberg's potential independent bid for the Presidency, I spoke out, largely because it's wrong for Democrats to support the presidential ambitions of non-Democratic candidates (even ones who previously hailed from the party, only to bolt because it would be easier to be nominated and become mayor of New York City as a Republican than as a Democrat). Additionally, though, it seemed to me at the time -- a sense that panned out long ago, even before today's news, when it became clear that he would continue to support the Republican Party even as an independent -- that Bloomberg was not really leaving the GOP, only trying to make it appear as though he was making such a move. Now, with Bloomberg reportedly angling for the GOP nod for mayor this year, his real intentions have become that much more clear. No wonder, then, it was this type of support Bloomberg was earning in his abortive Presidential run.