Two weeks ago, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg boasted to his aides that he would easily win passage of a measure to give himself the chance to run for a third term.
Council Leader Pledges Support, but Mayor Needs More
But now, facing an unanticipated backlash against a plan that was hatched with a handful of fellow billionaires and business moguls, the mayor is having to work much harder to assemble the support he needs to extend his stay in office.
Mr. Bloomberg and his allies have called influential ministers to ask for their support. They are leaning on unions to endorse his plan. And they are said to be pressing members of the City Council, through threats and incentives, to line up behind the legislation that would let him seek re-election.