From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg came to a Queens banquet hall Sunday like a man looking to woo a lover he once spurned, sweet-talking a roomful of Republicans to take him back.
It didn't work.
While Bloomberg was mobbed by well-wishers, and his 10-minute speech about the state of the city was greeted with warm applause, party leaders at the banquet said it wasn't enough to win him a spot on the Republican line in the fall election for the third time.
"We didn't invite him. He invited himself," said Phil Orenstein, one of the Queens Village Republican Club's board members. Officially, Bloomberg was at the club's dinner simply to greet the schoolchildren who won an Abraham Lincoln essay contest, Orenstein said.
The mayor's reception at a Manhattan event later Sunday was not much warmer. Hundreds of revelers enjoying kosher sushi and beef at a fund-raising dinner for the Ohel Children's Home continued to chatter as Bloomberg addressed the crowd.
The noise level was so high - and the shushing by organizers so frequent - that Bloomberg interrupted his speech to comment on it.