Mike Bloomberg Asked Hillary Clinton to Consider Succeeding Him as Mayor!

Dear Commons Community,

Mike Bloomberg telephoned Hillary Clinton and encouraged her to run for mayor of New York City when his term ends in December 2013.  The New York Times reported:

“In a phone call confirmed by three people, Mr. Bloomberg encouraged Mrs. Clinton to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale. She would, he suggested, be a perfect fit…

Mr. Bloomberg’s overture to the former first lady highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates, his eagerness to recruit a replacement who can rival his stature and his determination to become a kingmaker in the political arena he will soon exit.

In Mrs. Clinton, it seems, a mayor known for his sometimes unsparing critiques of those in public life sees a globe-trotting problem solver like himself.

During their conversation, Mrs. Clinton left little room for doubt: she was not interested in seeking the mayoralty, people briefed on the call said..

Mrs. Clinton is not a resident of New York City, a requirement for incoming mayors. But she has overcome such hurdles in the past. To establish New York state residency for her 2000 run for Senate, she and her husband bought a home in Chappaqua, N.Y.”

I would add that a reason Mayor Bloomberg would want Hillary to run for mayor is that it would possibly hinder her ability to run for president in 2016 and possibly open the door for his own candidacy.




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