GOPers may vote Bloomy off the Island
by David Seifman, NY Post
IF there's one place where Mayor Bloomberg shouldn't have to worry about winning votes it's Staten Island, where more than seven out of 10 people who went to the polls in both 2001 and 2005 pulled the lever for Bloomberg.
But some Republican leaders say the mayor had better be concerned because there's a surprising backlash brewing among his middle-class base.
"People feel they're getting nickel-and-dimed to death," said one veteran Republican official. "They're upset about higher property taxes, higher water bills, traffic tickets. They might just stay home [on Election Day]."
The mayor's abandonment of the Republican Party during his flirtation with a presidential run didn't go unnoticed.
Over the summer, the official said, campaign workers rounding up signatures on Bloomberg's GOP petitions ran into resistance.
"People would sign for other politicians, but not Bloomberg," the official recalled.
Although it represents less than 10 percent of the vote citywide, Staten Island proved critical to Bloomberg in 2001, when he narrowly lost Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx to Democrat Mark Green and became mayor thanks to large margins in Queens and Staten Island.