Mayor Bloomberg - who just took himself out of the presidential running - handed the state's top Republican a $500,000 campaign contribution last month to keep open the option of running for governor in 2010, GOP sources said yesterday.
Bloomberg was openly encouraged to run by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Rensselaer) during their meeting in City Hall Thursday, the day Hizzoner finally flatly declared that he would not try to run for president as an independent candidate, The Post has learned.
BIG-GIVER BLOOMY MULLS GOV RUN
Don't expect to hear much talk from the Bloomberg camp about running for governor. The nonstop talk about running for president was a requirement to make Mr. Bloomberg a viable candidate. The concept of Mr. Bloomberg entering the presidential race seemed absurd when the rumors first began two years ago. A coordinated pre-campaign was required to make plausible a campaign that now is not happening. Convincing voters and opinion makers that Mr. Bloomberg is a reasonable gubernatorial candidate with a reasonable chance of winning isn't an issue. Polls at this early date — nearly three years before the election — even show Mr. Bloomberg ahead of Mr. Spitzer. So in terms of running for governor, talk would only hurt Mr. Bloomberg's chances, as it could cause trouble with the current governor.
The mayor does not want any trouble with the governor, and vice versa. From Mr. Bloomberg's perspective, Albany has a say in almost every big idea any mayor wants to pursue. From Mr. Spitzer's perspective, last summer's Troopergate troubles make it imperative to avoid any new high-profile enemies.
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