Regardless of whatever political good or harm it did, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday appears to have gotten under Republican nominee Donald Trump’s skin. “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business,” Bloomberg told the DNC. “God help us.” (Folks!) “I’m a New Yorker,” he continued, “and I know a con when I see one.”
PHILADELPHIA — Bill de Blasio, the current mayor of New York City, just spoke to Democratic National Convention delegates at the Wells Fargo Center about the merits of Hillary Clinton and the evils of Donald Trump. He spoke at around 5:30 p.m., when many TV viewers are still working or on the way home, and there were noticeable holes in the arena crowd.
Michael Bloomberg is not running for president, he announced this afternoon. “Uh, o....kay?” you might say in response, but all reports indicated that Bloomberg was seriously considering running for president. He even commissioned a consulting firm to produce maps outlining his path to the White House, which have now been obtained by the New York Times. What the firm came up with has less of a basis in reality than even the most absurd thing that has ever occurred on House of Cards.
Tonight, while hosting a book party for Peggy Noonan, Michael Bloomberg condemned the state of electoral politics, calling it “a race to the extremes.” What America needs is someone capable of “bringing people together,” the billionaire ex-mayor said. “You don’t solve problems by...making pie-in-the-sky promises.”
For voters who wish there were a presidential candidate with close ties to Wall Street, the Financial Times has good news: “the founder of the eponymous financial information group criticised the quality of the debate in the presidential race. He said that he was ‘looking at all the options’ when asked whether he was considering putting his name forward.”
Ray Kelly, the NYPD's longest-running commissioner ever and one of the people responsible for its current status as a violent law-enforcement behemoth, is still talking about stop-and-frisk. If Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't appeal last year's federal lawsuit against the department's use of the tactic, he said yesterday, "people will suffer."
Hi, Howard Wolfson, former chief press antagonist for Hillary Clinton and deputy mayor under Michael Bloomberg. I don't follow you on Twitter, because I'm not too interested in your thoughts on your blandly Napoleanic billionaire patron and how great he is for explaining that God causes homelessness, or how you're hip because you listen to "cool" music and stuff. So please stop paying Twitter to "promote" them to me.
DNAInfo reported this morning that Michael Bloomberg has a "private way of discussing city business." He and an unnamed deputy mayor both use @bloomberg.net email addresses to prevent their conversation from becoming public documents. A source told Gawker that the second-in-command using this subterfuge is First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris.