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.
Bloomberg Said to Test a Term-Limit Reversal
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.
The conversations are the clearest evidence to date that Mr. Bloomberg is seriously considering a challenge to the term limits law that will force him from office January 2010.
So Bloomberg wants advice from news guys about whether term limits should be overturned, eh? He must think the voters are too stupid to know what's good for us and our City. Sounds like Council Speaker Christine Quinn may be looking to extend term limits, too:
If Quinn joins Mayor Bloomberg in tacitly supporting an extension so they can run for another four-year term, it will set up the choice of her political life.
She would win wild praise from Council colleagues still smarting over the spring slush-fund scandal. She would presumably get another four years as speaker. And she would get a graceful exit from a mayor's race that looks increasingly worrisome for her.
"The candidates running leave a lot to be desired," said Councilman Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). "Post-slush, suddenly there's a new interest in extending term limits."
Funny how those who achieved their positions because of term limits don't think it's such a great idea now that their own days are numbered.