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Bloomberg Jumps From The RebuplicanTitanic

Posted by nytexan on June 19, 2007

Does Bloomberg’s switch mean he’s just as disgusted as the rest of us with Republicans and Democrats or is it prep work to enter the 2008 race?

Washington Post: 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is changing his party affiliation from “Republican” to “unaffiliated”, a move certain to fuel talk that he is preparing for an independent run for president in 2008.

“Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City,” Bloomberg said in a statement released by his office late this afternoon.

Bloomberg went on to detail some of his accomplishments as mayor, from balancing the budget to reforming schools to making “the nation’s safest city even safer.”

This decision operates on several political levels.

On its face, it makes perfect sense. Bloomberg was never a Republican in any true sense of the word. When he first ran for office in 2001, he decided to do so as a Republican because the Democratic primary was already crowded with well-known candidates. The Republican nomination was his for the taking, and he took it. Then, in the general election he used his vast personal wealth and his pitch to bring a businessman’s sensibility to the job to overcome the city’s strong Democratic leanings. Now that he has been elected to two terms, Bloomberg has no need to remain in a party that he disagrees with on any number of issues.

Below the surface, however, it’s hard to see Bloomberg’s move as anything other than a gambit aimed at 2008. Read in that context, Bloomberg’s statement explaining his decision to leave the Republican Party could well double as the announcement of an independent presidential bid. Doubt us? How about this line: “As a political independent, I will continue to work with those in all political parties to find common ground, to put partisanship aside to achieve real solutions to the challenges we face.”

Poll after poll shows that the American voting public believes politics in Washington is broken and needs an outside hand to fix it. What better candidate than a successful businessman with a history of bipartisan accomplishments in the biggest city in the United States? And did we mention he is a billionaire?

If you’re looking for more on Bloomberg and his potential White House aspirations, make sure to read The Fix’s case for and against a Bloomberg candidacy.

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5 Responses to “Bloomberg Jumps From The RebuplicanTitanic”

  1. mirth said

    Valuable post, nytexan. I have the links saved to learn more about Bloomberg.

  2. nytexan said

    Mirth:
    Glad I can help.
    I was surprised to learn that Bloomberg is not disliked among progressive and liberal democrats. I was also pleased to learn that the work he has done as mayor has been stated as positive New Yorkers.

  3. ClapSo said

    This should send the repub and dem celebdidates into a tizzy! A guy who has said in past that he could spend a BILLION dollars on a presidential race. Bloomberg is estimated to be worth 5 billion. He could easily out spend all the others in the race by a long margin. This could be a whole bunch of fun in the making.

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  4. It would also give us a presidential candidate, other than Kucinich who has a slightly chance of being elected than me, who supports marriage for same-sex couples. He’s also pro-gun control and gets stuff done.

  5. nytexan said

    I believe that it is time that the 2 party system to be brought into reality. For to long they have gotten very comfortable with the scripted roles that they play with each other a third wheel may just give them pause.

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