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Bloomberg's Hat Goes in the Ring

(Updates Below) Our Paul Hamilton gets the credit for being first on Wizbang Blue with this news, beating me by four minutes -- in a post I accidentally deleted while merging the two posts together - Ack! Sorry, Paul!

Here's Paul's report:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Drops GOP Affiliation

MSNBC Story:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced tonight that he is quitting the Republican party and changing his affiliation to independent.

The announcement came after Mr. Bloomberg gave a speech denouncing partisan gridlock in Washington, stirring renewed speculation that he is preparing to run as an independent or third-party candidate in 2008.

"I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party," he said in a statement issued while he was in California delivering political speeches. "Although my plans for the future haven t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city." The full text of his announcement is on the new City Room blog.

Mr. Bloomberg is a former Democrat who won the New York City mayoralty in 2001 running as Republican. The mayor, who cannot seek a third term, has said he had no plans to run for president, but has declined to shut the door completely on a White House bid.

The first wild card is played and the race just got more interesting.

Update I:

New York Times Blog:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced tonight that he is quitting the Republican party and changing his affiliation to independent.

The announcement came after Mr. Bloomberg gave a speech denouncing partisan gridlock in Washington, stirring renewed speculation that he is preparing to run as an independent or third-party candidate in 2008.

"I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party," he said in a statement issued while he was in California delivering political speeches. "Although my plans for the future haven t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city." The full text of his announcement is on the new City Room blog.

Mr. Bloomberg is a former Democrat who won the New York City mayoralty in 2001 running as Republican. The mayor, who cannot seek a third term, has said he had no plans to run for president, but has declined to shut the door completely on a White House bid.

Chuck Hagel has previously put himself out there as a possible running mate.

(CBS) The Republican Party has been "hijacked" and led away from its core values, Chuck Hagel, the Republican Senator from Nebraska, said Sunday on Face The Nation.

Hagel, who is still considering his options for the 2008 race, left open the possibility of becoming an independent and sharing a ticket with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I am not happy with the Republican Party today," Hagel said. "It's been hijacked by a group of single-minded almost isolationists, insulationists, power-projectors."

Update II: ABC reports on what the Bloomberg camp says are the four conditions for him to enter the race for President:

First, both party's nominees need to have unfavorable ratings at least in the 40s. Second, 70 percent of the nation needs to think the country is headed in the wrong direction, as is the case currently. We're there right now. Third, at least 60 percent of those polled need to have their minds open to a possible third-party bid. Lastly, 20 percent to 25 percent need to be open to the notion of President Mike Bloomberg. If those four criteria are met, Bloomberg will throw his hat into the ring.

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Comments (8)

Paul Hamilton:

Beat you by six minutes... :)

Lee Ward:

four minutes! ;)

Lee Ward:

And I had more to type! lol! (Check your email - suggest we take some of my content and merge it into your post, since you were first - Lee)

Paul Hamilton:

You accidentally deleted my post and Chris Matthews got so excited he accidentally said "sh!t" on the air. :)

No problem about my post -- I just want to get the story out there. Half an hour later, Wizbang Classic still didn't have anything -- mayber they're in shock...

Paul Hamilton:

Here is a story about some comments Bloomberg made yesterday. Sure does sound like a candidate to me...

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, sounding every inch the presidential candidate he insists he is not, brought his message of pragmatic, nonpartisan leadership to California on Monday, telling a crowd of Google employees that the nation was "really in trouble."

In unusually stark terms, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his frustration with the state of the nation, touching on campaign-style issues like the war in Iraq, immigration, education, health care and crime before a crowd of more than 1,000 employees at the Google campus here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/nyregion/19mayor.html?_r=1&ref=politics&oref=slogin

Lee Ward:

"No problem about my post -- I just want to get the story out there. Half an hour later, Wizbang Classic still didn't have anything -- mayber they're in shock..."

No surprise there, maybe they're waiting for Michelle Malkin to tell them how to react.

"You accidentally deleted my post and Chris Matthews got so excited he accidentally said "sh!t" on the air. :)"

Lol!

California NonPartisan Initiative Introduction
California's General Election, November 2008,

NonPartisan Independent candidates
HUNDREDS OF THEM!!
CA Assembly, CA Senate, US Representative and even President candidate(s)


On May 14, 2007 California Attorney General website listed the Initiative Measure to achieve this goal.
http://ag.ca.gov/initiatives/activeindex.php?active=A Select: # 07-0019

SECTION 1. Title This Initiative Measure shall be known and may be cited as the:
"California NonPartisan Candidate Qualification Act"
SECTION 2. Findings
The people of the state of California do hereby declare their no confidence frustration with (1) partisan political malfeasance and (2) duopoly polarized partisan political party failure to produce desirable visionary candidates of viable eclectic-pragmatic leadership competence.
SECTION 3. Purpose
This California statute disenfranchises or eliminates existing multiple incongruent Election Code procedures of Signatures-in-Lieu, Nomination Signatures and Write-in Candidate Qualification Signatures for nonpartisan General Election candidates, and, creates a new aligned signature gathering process for state wide and district nonpartisan candidates, including a default write-in candidate qualification means.

The whitepaper introduction is at: www.NonPartisanPatriot.com

We invite your interest in this Initiative Measure. Attorney General Jerry Brown will release the official Title and Summary in 25 to 30 days. The official press release will include who is our "Charlton Heston" media spokesperson.

Our email address is: [email protected]

Your interest is sincerely requested as your participation is critical!

Sincerely,

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California NonPartisan Independent Committee 501(c)4
Contact at: 1202,558,7077

Lee Ward:

The above appears to be borderline spam, but is tangentially related to Bloomberg's pending candidacy, so let's let it stay.


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