From Urban Elephants:
The facts are in! "Independent" NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is directly funding the challenge of the Queens County Republican Party.
It seems his goal is retaliation for Chairman Phil Ragusa's principled stance against the tax-and-spend liberal earlier in the year, when Mr. Ragusa refused to just rubber-stamp Bloomberg getting the Republican line in November. Although the Queens County Organization finally endorsed the Mayor, it seems that Bloomberg, who has been known to hold personal grudges, wants payback for making him "beg" to be unanimously endorsed by all the five County Republican organizations.
The proof of the Mayor's involvement comes from a close evaluation of the nominating petitions filed on behalf of the challengers to the Queens GOP. I will describe just two sets of petitions, volumes QN0900680 and QN0900681, that were filed on behalf of a number of candidates - all of whom are working in opposition to the existing Queens County Republican organization...
QN0900680 is a volume of petitions for Bart Bruno for City Council in the 29th City Council district - one of the positions I am personally running for as the endorsed Republican candidate, at least if I don't get knocked off the ballot by the Haggerty's at tomorrow's Board of Elections hearing. This volume contains petition signatures ONLY for Mr. Bruno to run for City Council as a Republican, yet they were ALL witnessed by paid Bloomberg people.
Why would the billionaire Mayor be paying to get Mr. Bruno on the Ballot? I don't remember Mr. Bloomberg endorsing Mr. Bruno, like he did Tom Ognibene or Eric Ulrich.
QN0900681 is a volume of slate petitions for Bart Bruno for City Council with State Committee candidates, Nunziatto and Mugno, who are both running AGAINST the Queens County GOP's endorsed candidates for the State Committee Positions in the 30th A.D. Again, the uniformity of the names on these petitions is clear - the witnesses are all either part of the Mayor's Queens crew of petitioners or canvassers. Did the Mayor formally endorse any of these candidates? How can he say he's not "supporting" their candidacies against the Queens GOP establishment?
The Mayor's campaign operatives have denied that Bloomberg is DIRECTLY challenging the Queens County organization, but how can those statements hold up when it was his PAID petitioners and canvassers who got all these people on the ballot to RUN AGAINST the Queens GOP endorsed candidates? These facts make Bloomberg's goal clear: the liberal wants to take over the Queens GOP for his own purposes.