Even as he publicly remains coy about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has quietly approached some of the city’s most powerful media figures to assess whether their publications would endorse a bid to overturn New York City’s term limits, which could clear a path for him to run for re-election next year.
Over the last several weeks, Mr. Bloomberg has held confidential conversations with Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the News Corporation, which owns The New York Post; Mortimer B. Zuckerman, owner of The Daily News; and Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company, to gauge their views on the issue, according to people familiar with the talks.
By the looks of it, he’s talking to the right audience: anonymous sources say that Zuckerman and Murdoch were inclined to support the idea (how sad is it that an NY Times reporter can get anonymous sources to comment on them but not on Sulzberger?). But a poll a couple of weeks ago showed that while Bloomberg would win a hypothetical reelection battle, 65% of New Yorkers support keeping the term limits laws. That’s a pretty high opposition level to overcome. I happen to think term limits suck and mostly serve to prevent effective elected officials – like Bloomberg – from staying in office when they should, but I’m not the one who’ll be deciding.
If Bloomberg doesn’t end up trying to change the limits, as seems likeliest, it seems like anyone and everyone is running. Anthony Weiner is kind of an idiot and Andy Cuomo is a major tool, but other than that there aren’t any candidates I despise. I guess I’d back Christine Quinn; the Council finance scandal concerns me, but the prospect of having the largest city in the country run by an openly gay woman is kind of awesome.
I tag Ned, who actually lives in New York most of the year, to provide more coherent opinions about the race.