2011-11-04 / Letters

Bloomberg At A Loss

Dear Editor,

Have you noticed how much more difficult it has become for Mayor Bloomberg to accomplish his agenda? This is due to his lame duck status. Democrats occupy the offices of Comptroller, Public Advocate, Council Speaker, 46 of 51 Council seats, along with four of five Borough Presidents and District Attorneys. His victory in 2009 was assisted by numerous Democratic elected officials who crossed party lines to endorse Bloomberg or stay officially neutral.

Others assisted in different ways when actually endorsing fellow Democrat Bill Thompson for Mayor, by sitting on their hands and going through the motions by nominally campaigning for him. Yesterday’s old friends of Bloomberg have become strangers having no incentive to help him govern during his final term. Democrats including former NYC Comptroller and 2009 Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, current NYC Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill diBlasio,

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are already jockeying for positions in the 2013 municipal elections.

Bloomberg abandoned the Republican Party whose ballot line he “rented” for convenience in winning a third term. He has continued his past track record of doing little to help finance and run serious Republican challengers against incumbent Democrats. Bloomberg’s reelection strategy was deliberate in not spending any significant time campaigning and fund raising for GOP challengers. He didn’t want to increase turnout of registered Democrats or offend incumbent Democrat Party public officials. As a result, he has virtually no GOP allies except for Staten Island Borough President Molinaro and five Council members out of fifty-one.

LARRY PENNER

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