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Mayor Bloomberg Asked Hillary To Succeed Him

From an ever hopeful New York Times:

Bloomberg Asked Clinton to Consider Succeeding Him as Mayor

By MICHAEL BARBARO | December 3, 2012

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

But not long ago, he was struck by an inspiration: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the retiring secretary of state.

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.

How hilarious. As New York Rep. Rick Lazio pointed out when Hillary began her quest for a New York Senate seat back in 1999: "This is somebody who has never lived one day of her life in New York outside the Plaza Hotel."

Not to mention the fact that Hillary has never run anything more complicated than her ‘bimbo eruption’ team. (And don’t give us the State Department. That is poor salesmanship, after Benghazi.)

Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery. But 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 point of fact, Mr. Bloomberg is remarkably short in stature. Both physically and figuratively.

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

Even so, Mr. Bloomberg’s reaching out to her is rich with political intrigue…

And humor, if you like dark humor.

“He is looking for somebody he can feel comfortable handing the reins over to,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York City political operative who worked on Mr. Bloomberg’s last campaign…

Why doesn’t Bloomberg just declare himself ‘Mayor For Life’? After all, he has already violated New York City’s term limits. (Maybe we shouldn’t give him any ideas.)

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…

Pish-tosh. Rules are for the little people. Not the Clintons.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Mayor Bloomberg Asked Hillary To Succeed Him”

  1. GetBackJack

    More likely, Hillary held a gun to Bloomberg’s knee and said, “Here’s the offer …”

  2. Astravogel

    Naow hold on there, Podner, Our gal Hill did very well
    in the cattle futures market and land speculations back
    home in the Arkinsaw.

  3. John Carter

    Why do not Hillary and Bill leave all of us alone and move to Egypt ?




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