New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has finally stopped pretending to be a Republican:
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today he is leaving the Republican Party to become an independent, a move that increased speculation that he is preparing to run for president as a third party candidate.”I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party,” read a statement put out by his office. “Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have lead and will continue to lead our city.”
Just in case you’re under the illusion that this is a big loss for the GOP, consider this:
Bloomberg was a Democrat until 2001, when he changed his party affiliation to run for mayor. He narrowly won that November, succeeding Rudolph Giuliani, now a Republican candidate for president, less than two months after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, but won re-election with 58% of the vote in a heavily Democratic city in 2005. He is known for an emphasis on education reform and more liberal views on social issues, including his support of gay marriage, which would put him to the left of even the Democratic candidates for president.
Here’s the truth of the matter. In 2001, Michael Bloomberg was an ambitious and very rich Democrat who wanted to be Mayor of New York, perhaps just for the hell of it. Unfortunately for him, the Democratic Party of New York already had an heir apparent in the person of Mark Green, who became their nominee after a primary that was supposed to have taken place on September 11, 2001, and ended up taking place several weeks later.
Bloomberg, seeing the success that Rudy Giuliani had in calling himself a Republican while governing as a Democrat, decided it was time to switch parties and, probably thanks in no small part to the political impact of the 9/11 attacks, was elected mayor. He’s never governed as a Republican in any sense of the word and wouldn’t be considered one in any part of New York State outside of the City.
And, now, apparently, he thinks he can be the next Ross Perot.
Yea, you go with that one Mike.