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Bloomberg no longer a Republican
yahoo.com ^ | Jun 19, 2007 | SARA KUGLER

Posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:02 PM PDT by neverdem

Associated Press

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday and switched to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

The billionaire former CEO, who was a lifelong Democrat before he switched to the Republican Party in 2001 for his first mayoral run, said the change in his voter registration does not mean he is running for president.

"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," Bloomberg said.

The 65-year-old mayor has increasingly been the subject of speculation that he will run as an independent in 2008, despite his repeated promises to leave politics after the end of his term in 2009. He has fueled the buzz with increasing out-of-state travel, a greater focus on national issues and repeated criticism of the partisan politics that dominate Washington.

This is a breaking news update. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday and switched to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

The billionaire former CEO, who was a lifelong Democrat before he switched to the Republican Party in 2001 for his first mayoral run, said the change in his voter registration does not mean he is running for president.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
KEYWORDS: anotherduplicate; asshat; banglist; bloomberg; goodriddance; hittheroadjack; mediapawn; neverwas; nycmayor; rino; whatever
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1 posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:04 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

May every RINO in the nation follow his lead!


2 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:15 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg “no longer” a Republican. How perfectly delightful! Now the people of NYC can sleep at night.


3 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:22 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg no longer a Republican

he never was!!!!!!


4 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:37 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: neverdem

yikes..now what will be hillary’s plan for Bloomberg ?


5 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:38 PM PDT by stylin19a (Since bad golf shots come in groups of 3, a 4th bad shot is the start of the next group of 3)
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To: neverdem; Admin Moderator

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6 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: sarasmom

Why would a RINO follow him though when RINOs totally dominate this party? Heck, even “Vacant” Trent Lott is really a RINO too.


7 posted on 06/19/2007 3:42:25 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: neverdem

I pray that he pulls a Nader and runs for President as an independent.


8 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:12 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: neverdem

Was he ever?


9 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:48 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: stylin19a
yikes..now what will be hillary’s plan for Bloomberg ?

Bloomberg will have to sleep with his eyes open.

10 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:10 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: nyyankeefan

So weird that he would lie to his constituency.?.?


11 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:21 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: neverdem

RINO Comes out of Closet

Bloomberg will run as an independent for President, perhaps as an act of vanity, or maybe frustration once the GOP nominates a conservative. He has the Midget Jewish Millionaire vote all locked up.
12 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:22 PM PDT by WOSG (Stop Z-visa amnesty!! Call the Senators, tell them to vote "NO": 202-224-3121, 1-866-340-9281)
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To: neverdem
Hitler no longer a Catholic.

Stalin no longer a lover of freedom.

Pol Pot no longer a lover of his fellow men.

13 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:28 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Theodore R.

How much is Bloomberg going to pay them to sleep at night?


14 posted on 06/19/2007 3:45:28 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis ~ No Amnesty for Incumbents * WAHOO WA! ... UVA2009 * Fred Dalton Thompson 2008)
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To: neverdem

Another switch by a Mayor of New York. Bloomberg was not even an RINO, he was a liberal without a cloth coat.


15 posted on 06/19/2007 3:45:39 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: stylin19a

Hillary has asked for a meeting with Bloomberg to show him her friends program otherwise known as the Vincent Foster amnesty.

Once forgiven, you’ll never need forgiving again.


16 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:24 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: neverdem

>>>Bloomberg no longer a Republican<<<

When was he????


17 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:36 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tagline space for rent. Enquire within.)
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To: neverdem
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday...

And just when was Bloomberg ever really a Republican?
18 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:40 PM PDT by rottndog (This Tagline currently closed for maintenance and rehabilitation.)
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To: neverdem

So what is he pretending to be now?


19 posted on 06/19/2007 3:48:40 PM PDT by M203M4 (Vote Fruity Giuliani or the terrists will win! Abortion & gun control = price for freedumb!)
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To: John Jorsett

This move pretty much indicates that Bloomberg is in fact thinking to do just that.

It didn’t matter if he was only interested in being mayor of New York. But although he’s done a good job overall, his liberal nanny state approach to life is something he can’t seem to suppress.

At the end of the day, he’s what we call an Upper East Side elitist. These are the types who have all the answers, know what’s best for you and don’t let the peons get in their way.


20 posted on 06/19/2007 3:49:27 PM PDT by romanesq
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