Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bloomberg seeks advice from media moguls about term limits

Even as he publicly remains coy about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has quietly approached some of the city’s most powerful media figures to assess whether their publications would endorse a bid to overturn New York City’s term limits, which could clear a path for him to run for re-election next year.

Bloomberg Said to Test a Term-Limit Reversal

Over the last several weeks, Mr. Bloomberg has held confidential conversations with Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the News Corporation, which owns The New York Post; Mortimer B. Zuckerman, owner of The Daily News; and Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company, to gauge their views on the issue, according to people familiar with the talks.

The conversations are the clearest evidence to date that Mr. Bloomberg is seriously considering a challenge to the term limits law that will force him from office January 2010.

So Bloomberg wants advice from news guys about whether term limits should be overturned, eh? He must think the voters are too stupid to know what's good for us and our City. Sounds like Council Speaker Christine Quinn may be looking to extend term limits, too:

If Quinn joins Mayor Bloomberg in tacitly supporting an extension so they can run for another four-year term, it will set up the choice of her political life.

She would win wild praise from Council colleagues still smarting over the spring slush-fund scandal. She would presumably get another four years as speaker. And she would get a graceful exit from a mayor's race that looks increasingly worrisome for her.

"The candidates running leave a lot to be desired," said Councilman Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). "Post-slush, suddenly there's a new interest in extending term limits."

Funny how those who achieved their positions because of term limits don't think it's such a great idea now that their own days are numbered.


Anonymous said...

Someone, PLEASE make him go away!

Anonymous said...

Twice, we taxpayers gave all these louts all the advice they will need. Two terms, then GO!

Like all the Commissars before him, Mugabe, Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Mao, Pol Pot, etc., this master of death and taxes wants to super-glue himself to any power the electorate gave him temporarily.

In his arrogant impudence, he thinks that his desires trump our vote.

Dump the piece of shit!

Anonymous said...

outrageous comments like this crumble your credibility

Anonymous said...

This guy is taking the heat from City Council.

They are behind this effort.

I guess if he is their point man, they will rubber stamp every development proposal that his plutocrat friends want.

Anonymous said...

outrageous comments like this crumble your credibility
Ever read a Queens newspaper?

Credibility went out the window in Queens when the Star Journal folded.

Anonymous said...

The machine is going nuts that the people had a rare opportunity to limit them.

They will not accept this.

If they do, God knows where this will lead.!

So they will try and try and try ...

Anonymous said...

I think a third term would be great. What's the alternative?

Anonymous said...

"What's the alternative?"

A mayor who cares about the health and welfare of the citizens of this city and not corporate buddies and their profit margins!!!

Anonymous said...

"A mayor who cares about the health and welfare of the citizens of this city and not corporate buddies and their profit margins!!!"

Forget it that individual doesn't exist in NYC

Anonymous said...

I am suggesting the alternative that I would like to see in office. Anyone would be a better mayor than one who dismisses my health concerns that I expressed for myself and my neighborhood. For example, here is a YouTube video shot in 2004 that I have posted on Queens Crap in the past. It clearly demonstrates a callous disregard for the people of my community!

Anonymous said...

I dont care if you are JFK, Teddy Roosvelt or George Washington - 2 terms is plenty.

georgetheatheist said...

Ron Lauder for Mayor.

(But only for 2 terms.)

Anonymous said...

"outrageous comments like this crumble your credibility"

Exactly what is outrageous about my comments? Apart from the fact that my comments are TRUE?

Now the Commissar must never know that any of the "little people" know what he's up to and speaks up about his outrageous desire for power?

Again, dump this dwarf-sized, turtle faced, humorless, unimaginative, elitist piece of shit! (Latest example: the skyscraper windmills - only a moron would propose what cannot be accomplished.)

Anonymous said...

Charles Barron 2009!!!!

Anonymous said...

These bums will vote to end term limits and raise their pay.

They think there can do whatever they want and the public will sit there like dummies.

What about the City Council scandal? The fake non profits?
The Mayor does not care about the public or about Quinn breaking the law. All he wants is another term for him and to be in the press everyday and to be the center of the buzz.


Anonymous said...

Time for a federal investigation?

Anonymous said...

comparing Bloomberg to communist dictators and the greatest evil despots of mankind is beyond outrageous.

its ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

comparing Bloomberg to communist dictators and the greatest evil despots of mankind is beyond outrageous.

its ridiculous.


Anonymous said...

Since this Mayor was not as obvious as the past Mayor, after six months I asked friends in City Hall what was he really like. Each one separatly answered with the same one word "phoney"

Anonymous said...

Hes more comparable to Berlusconi's rightwing party in Italy.They both own mucho media and get their way with all their forceful projects no matter who is pushed out of the way or their homes.There both billionaire media owning control nut cases.And Berlusconi just keeps running and gets back in as leader.Sounds familiar.

Anonymous said...

Yes i bet he is a damn phoney as the information from previous post says from friends who are in city hall.
Hes always got that smirk on his face like another horrible politician Tim Pawlenty.

Anonymous said...

"Well it's one...two...and two strikes your out in NYC's pol/ball game".

And no extra innings either you political pervert!

Anonymous said...

The Commissar needs to seek some good psychiatric advice if he thinks we New Yorkers want him around for one second after his term finally expires.

Good riddance to bad trash.

I've got my own electronic count down calendar on my computer screen just like the one Mayor Midget's got at city hall.

And it's three fingers of single malt Scotch whiskey I'll be pouring myself to celebrate the end of his last day in office!

Anonymous said...

He bought his mayoral office but this pint sized Napoleon thinks he can buy out democracy!


Bye, bye bastard!

Somebody please rig the swinging door at city hall so that"hizzoner"
gets slammed out at least 20 yards into the street when he exits!

Anonymous said...

Two terms of Bloomy is Enough

According to published reports, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is estimated to be worth 14 billion dollars.

Back in February of 2003, the mayor gave the order for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to revoke the City Hall parking permits of three City Councilmembers that made it more difficult for them to represent their constituents just because they voted against his real estate tax hikes.

Back in early July, Mayor Bloomberg threatened to bankroll any opponent in the coming elections against several of the Councilmembers who did not vote for his Congestion Pricing Plan.

One political leader said of Bloomberg: “He [the mayor] is not used to anyone saying no to him.” We the public have voted and we say no to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his quest to seek a third term in public office.

In my opinion, this corporate micro-manager does not want to lose his political immunity while in public office from possible Federal prosecution for discriminating against three pregnant women who lost their jobs in his company.

I have a friend who was a 9/11 responder and was just notified that something was growing in his lungs.

I am sure the mayor will tell his 16-year-old daughter that her father (God forbid) was not a hero and that they would not be eligible for any monetary compensation and to “do more with less.”

All from an arrogant wealthy man who never picked up a shovel at ground zero.

Ciro Di Donna