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Bloomberg Gives Cuomo a Reality Check

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg criss-crossed the country in the runup to the election, endorsing a raft of candidates. Most of them won; in those cases where his picks lost, he was gracious to the winners he'd opposed. As for the governor-elect of New York, whom he also backed, he said Andrew Cuomo's "the man" and would do a great job. But his main message to Cuomo was this: This is Albany, so don't get your hopes up.

"I think that Andrew Cuomo is going to have his hands full," said the mayor, in the Bronx. "Andrew ran on a campaign of 'I'm gonna change it, I'm gonna fix it.' I think that Andrew has all of the talents to do so," but also noted Cuomo didn't "have all the tools he’d have liked" to accomplish reform.

The mayor conceded his disappointment at the losses suffered by several candidates he'd backed: Republican Dan Donovan, who lost in the state Attorney General's race to Democrat Eric Schneiderman, and Republican Harry Wilson, who lost in the state Comptroller's race to incumbent Tom DiNapoli.

He was also disappointed at the loss of one-term congressman Michael McMahon, who managed to turn Staten Island into a Democratic district in 2008, but lost yesterday to Republican Michael Grimm. The district has historically been held by the GOP.

"Partisan politics gives the incumbent, or representative of the majority party such an enormous advantage," said Bloomberg. "It is very hard to break through that. And he did last time, but didn't this time."

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Comments [3]

David from Great Neck

Much good that did. Sen. Johnson sent out a postcard with photos of him with Bloomberg, who looked like a sad old man. Johnson behind by 415 votes! Maybe a photo of Johnson with former Sen. Mike Balboni would have done more good. Bloomberg not popular with the Nassau County goons. They also hated his congestion pricing.

Nov. 04 2010 10:41 AM
DaveyG

Mayor Bloomberg is the best mayor this city has had in the last 50 years.

Nov. 04 2010 09:53 AM
Bobby

Mayor Bloomberg who has been mayor of New York just about as long as FDR was President, can't even decide which party he represents. He changes the rules as he goes along. He could be "Mayor for LIfe". The truth is that he became a billionaire as a partner with Wall Street and has no close relationship with any party. He would go to a third party if he knew he could win. There are no candidates that can afford to run against him due to the high costs of a political campaign. So, why do we care who he endorses when he has no real political philosophy. Don't be surprised to find him with the Teaparty if he wants to run forever.

Nov. 04 2010 08:15 AM

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