Bloomberg wants to run on GOP ticket

February 25, 2009 3:21:26 PM PST
Mayor Bloomberg wants to rejoin the Republican Party, at least when it comes to a spot on the ballot. The mayor, who is currently and independent, is running for a third term, and today will have a key meeting with Republican leaders.

This could be a tough sell for Bloomberg. Some Republican leaders don't like his politics, and one Queens chairman says if the mayor wants their votes, he needs to become a Republican again.

The Mayor has said he will not change his affiliation from Independent.

Bloomberg started as a Democrat and turned Republican before coming Independent.

Even if Bloomberg gets the Republicans to agree to his proposal, a bill set to go before the Assembly Committee on Election Law threatens to undo the City Council's term limit decision. Back in October the City Council decided a voter referendum was not needed for the Mayor to run for a third time.

Once the election committee votes on the term limit issue, the bill will go before the Senate Elections Committee. That committee appears to have the votes needed to pass the bill, and if approved, the bill will pass and head to the State Legislature.

Bloomberg has also talked to the Independents and the Working Family Party.


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