From City Hall:
Bloomberg’s failure to show up at his own petitioning party, which his campaign claims he had never planned on attending despite the room full of anxious admirers, underscores the uncomfortable reality facing Republicans this year: they may be running with Bloomberg, but Bloomberg is not running with them.
For the first time in 12 years, the Republican Party has fielded candidates to run on the GOP line for the down-ballot citywide races: 26-year-old public advocate candidate Alex Zablocki and comptroller candidate Joe Mendola, a Greenwich Village resident and securities broker.
Neither is expected to win. But as the Bloomberg team pushed for the GOP ballot line earlier this year, they strongly implied—and, in some cases, explicitly promised—that they would support Republican candidates like Zablocki and Mendola. Bloomberg ’09 campaign operatives met with both during that process, asking them what they needed from the Bloomberg team.
But since winning permission to run on the GOP line in this fall’s mayoral election, Bloomberg has kept his distance, to the consternation of many local GOP activists.
And Urban Elephants is not digging Bloomie's vibe, either.