Bloomberg's ballot plan - if he goes for it
by Kathleen Lucadamo
Daily News Staff Writer
Mayor Bloomberg has a "master plan" to get on the ballot in all 50 states should he decide to run for President, a political consultant close to City Hall said.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey, at Bloomberg's request, has organized a national network of volunteers for a potential campaign and has conducted extensive research on his boss' chances of winning, according to Doug Schoen, a consultant and Bloomberg's former pollster.
"To ask your aides to do background work and statistical analysis is a reasonable and appropriate thing," Schoen told New York 1's Dominic Carter on Friday.
"[Sheekey] has done a very, very sophisticated analysis of the electorate. I think Sheekey probably knows more about ... voters - and particularly these restless and anxious moderates - than anyone," Schoen said. "And I think he has a sense as to what the electorate is looking for. And armed with that information and how the race plays out in the next two or three weeks, on both the Democratic and Republican side, I think you will see if the mayor changes his mind."
Schoen said he speaks with Sheekey once or twice a week and that Bloomberg is willing to spend $500 million on a campaign. He predicts any move would come around March 5.
Bloomberg has repeatedly denied he's planning to seek the White House.
Interesting thing about this Sheekey fellow. He's been working on the mayor's campaign for more than a year when he was supposed to be working for us. Actually, Bloomberg created his high paying position on the city payroll exclusively for him as a 'thank you' for getting him re-elected. And when the press questions his whereabouts, this is what they get: "This is Kevin Sheekey; I'm REDACTED, but Please Leave a Message". This of course is all done with impunity.
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