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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.


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To: neverdem
an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

Are these people serious? This muppet is going to "upend" the presidential race?

The New York media needs to get out more. This guy is a nothing. His run will be the most expensive ego trip in history, and when it's over, he'll still be nothing.

301 posted on 06/20/2007 10:25:37 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: neverdem

See what that No Transfat diet does to someones brain?...look at Bloomberg.


302 posted on 06/20/2007 10:39:43 AM PDT by TheBethsterNH (...in Northern Massachusetts, formerly known as New Hampshire.)
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To: neverdem

Was he ever a Republican? In my opinion, this is excellent news.


303 posted on 06/20/2007 11:03:50 AM PDT by Antoninus (P!ss off an environmentalist wacko . . . have more kids.)
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg is a fense straddler..... he does not know what he is... neither do any of us know what he is ......


304 posted on 06/20/2007 11:04:58 AM PDT by JFC
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Your estimate is higher than mine.


305 posted on 06/20/2007 11:22:26 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

I agree, and that’s kind of my point. The same syndrome would develop with Rudy, if not amongst the base, at least amongst the GOP in Congress.


306 posted on 06/20/2007 11:40:50 AM PDT by marsh_of_mists
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To: sarasmom

Indeed! And may his possible decision to run for President harm the liberal democrat party.


307 posted on 06/20/2007 11:45:33 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: neverdem

Now, if we could just get the rest of the RHINO’s to follow his example!


308 posted on 06/20/2007 11:55:01 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (UNASHAMEDLY AMERICAN MADE and an AMERICA LOVER!)
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To: neverdem
Bloomberg is a socialist who has been hell-bent on his mission to destroy America.

Unfortunately, this pinheaded nitwit is joining a large company of like-minded socialist/communists.

309 posted on 06/20/2007 2:01:35 PM PDT by GFritsch ('All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved'." -)
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To: sarasmom
Like I said, a Bloomberg candidacy would doom the GOP.

SurveyUSA pits New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg against the top three Republicans (Giuliani, McCain, Romney) and top two Democrats (Clinton, Obama) in 16 key states and makes these observations:

Bloomberg is not yet running, and has not yet spent any of his fortune, but at this hour, a Bloomberg 3rd-Party candidacy hurts Republicans.

Bloomberg siphons enough Republican votes to flip red states Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and New Mexico blue.

There are two instances in which a Bloomberg 3rd-Party run flips a blue state to red, compared to 27 instances where a red state flips to blue.

Should Bloomberg enter the race, and should Bloomberg begin to spend money, and should Bloomberg begin to form non-traditional coalitions, these dynamics may well alter. For now, his candidacy helps color more of the map blue.

311 posted on 06/20/2007 3:37:22 PM PDT by Mister Politics (www.misterpolitics.com)
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To: no dems
I sure like to think that most folks know Bloomy well but I just saw an overnight on fox news that indicated a bit otherwise. Most of us here know what a creature Bloomy is and we ascribe such knowledge to others. This is a natural human trait however we may be mistaken. We must ensure that the folks know what Bloomy is so that his effect will be on the Dims and not the good God fearing patriots in America.
312 posted on 06/20/2007 4:24:48 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Gabz

Very true — fun is the point of missions! ;-)

So, did you and the girls have fun today?

As for the lefties, sometimes you can have fun with them. As an example, the other day I was in the Village and the DNC had a few dried up, older women patrolling the sidewalks with clipboards and haranguing people. They kept approaching people and badgering them to “help the DNC.” The one who got in my face demanded to know if I wanted to help the Democrats take back the White House, so I decided to have a little fun. I stood there for a minute and looked like I was contemplating the question, then scrunched up my face and said “Nah!”

Yes, I am easily amused. :-)


313 posted on 06/20/2007 7:52:03 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Now that is what I call FUN WITH LEFTIES!!!!! Good for you.

The girls had a blast today, it rained most of the day and so they played dress up. It was an interesting fashion show to say the least :)

Tomorrow they will be policing up the mess they left today before we had to go out, and then we will do all the planting we were unable to do today because of the rain.


314 posted on 06/20/2007 8:05:12 PM PDT by Gabz (My karma ran over your dogma)
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To: Gabz

Manhattan is *always* a target-rich environment for mocking lefties. :-)

Fashion show? Sounds fun! Did they do hair and makeup, too?


315 posted on 06/20/2007 8:42:21 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Gee, and I actually don’t miss living in NYC, I wonder why? LOL!!!

And yes, of course they did hair and makeup.......and yes they will be cleaning the bathroom tomorrow.

Yes, they made a mess, but they were bouncing around here, prancing in their “outfits” and not sitting in front of the TV or a computer game, so I’m happy.


316 posted on 06/20/2007 8:53:25 PM PDT by Gabz (My karma ran over your dogma)
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To: neverdem

You are kidding he is not a Republican? I am shocked!! LOL no shit.


317 posted on 06/20/2007 8:58:10 PM PDT by lndrvr1972
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To: neverdem
Why does this news make feel all warm and comfortable inside.

One RINO down with good riddance attached.

318 posted on 06/20/2007 9:00:29 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, DUNCAN or THOMPSON 08, ELECTION 2008, MOST IMPORTANT OF MY LIFE TIME)
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To: OKIEDOC

“Bloomberg no longer human”

Details at 11...................


319 posted on 06/20/2007 10:11:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: SunkenCiv

“I was a Democrat, before I was a Republican.”

...Now, why do you suppose that has a familiar ring to it???


320 posted on 06/21/2007 1:24:59 AM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: stylin19a
"yikes..now what will be hillary’s plan for Bloomberg?"

No problem, now he runs for her senate seat and becomes one of the most powerful senators....like Jeffords only more so because of his NYC constituency.

321 posted on 06/21/2007 1:48:42 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Spunky
"He will split the Republican vote..."

While I admire your conspiratorial creativity....there is some logic missing here.

First, leaving out sophisticated ultra anti-Republican NYC...name one Republican who would vote for a sissy liberal non-affiliated candidate...and when....no primarys.

Second, how would Hitlery benefit from a dim/rino/non-aff from a very blue state? Her VP has to from a redish/pink state...Florica? Ohio? ...or even a blueish state like PA or Indiana....

Think about it....

322 posted on 06/21/2007 2:03:43 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: neverdem
"No longer"....more like "never was" because he keeps proving himself to be an opportunistic b@stard who flip flops as much as Johm Kerry. "I voted Democrat before I voted Republican before I voted Democrat"
323 posted on 06/21/2007 6:17:12 AM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: Positive

Well put.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1853002/posts?page=321#321
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1853002/posts?page=322#322


324 posted on 06/21/2007 7:48:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated June 20, 2007.)
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To: Positive
"While I admire your conspiratorial creativity....there is some logic missing here."

When one is being conspiratorial all logic goes out the door. ;-)

325 posted on 06/21/2007 7:50:53 AM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: neverdem

I wish Ollie North was running for Pres.


326 posted on 06/21/2007 8:06:35 PM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Theodore R.

#3-—”how can the sleep at night”
______I know what you mean. I’m in New Jersey 30 miles away,and even I can’t sleep at night. It should take somewhat less than the amount on $ he was willing to spend on the New York effort, though, to figure out why he shouldn’t run and COULDN’T win a Presidential race.


327 posted on 06/22/2007 6:36:12 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (The only thing sourdough bread is good for is a grilled cheese sandwich.For that, it's essential.)
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To: neverdem; sarasmom; Theodore R.; nyyankeefan; WOSG; John Jorsett; rottndog; gpapa; romanesq; ...

I suppose that among Bloomberg’s crowd, dressing up as a Republican for a few years was mainly sort of a kinky thrill. Do they hold parades for that sort of thing in New York nowadays?


328 posted on 06/22/2007 10:27:30 AM PDT by ProCivitas (Northern nations need stronger identity, cultural coherence, and mutual allegiance.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Ollie North! Now that’s one Republican that could not get the support of one Nancy Reagan.


329 posted on 06/22/2007 10:28:39 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: ProCivitas

I think you’re right... Republicanism was a fetish for Bloomberg. But he outlived it even if he kept the Republican moniker for a time.


330 posted on 06/22/2007 10:55:33 AM PDT by navyguy (We don't need more youth. What we need is a fountain of SMART.)
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To: navyguy

It was not even a fetish. Bloomberg is an elitist Upper East Side liberal Democrat who took the Republican line along with an endorsement from Rudy for an agreed upon price.

Everyone got what they wanted at the time. And now that time is done. So Bloomberg moves on. He never was a Republican in any sense or shape of the word, not even as a RINO.

I hope he gives Shrillary hives.


331 posted on 06/22/2007 11:44:10 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: neverdem

he never was a Republican. He was Republican in paper only after reading the Tea Leaves after 9/11.


332 posted on 06/22/2007 12:30:34 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: Ancient Drive
He was Republican in paper only after reading the Tea Leaves after 9/11.

He was Republican in paper only before reading the Tea Leaves before 9/11. September 11, 2001 was Primary Day. He was on the GOP Primary ballot already against Herman Badillo.

333 posted on 06/22/2007 12:43:24 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: neverdem

“Bloomberg no longer a Republican”

I didn’t know that he ever was one.


334 posted on 06/22/2007 1:33:48 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: neverdem

He was a Republican?????? LOL


335 posted on 06/22/2007 5:03:31 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
He was a Republican?????? LOL

Jumping in late, but what do Republican' stand for?

336 posted on 06/22/2007 5:06:50 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg never was - anyone who thought different was a fool.


337 posted on 06/22/2007 5:08:27 PM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD -"What would Jack Bauer do?")
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To: neverdem
Jim causes another RINO to commit FReepercide...
338 posted on 06/22/2007 5:10:12 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: neverdem
From what I understand, Bloomberg was never really a Republican to begin with; a caller into the Hugh Hewitt show said the only reason he made the switch back when Rudy was leaving office was only to ride the wave of his predecessor’s success.

...Just another shallow Fat Cat with deep Soros-like pockets.

339 posted on 06/22/2007 7:41:37 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: neverdem
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday

Good riddance!!! Take the rest of the RINO's with you and don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!

340 posted on 06/23/2007 10:44:20 AM PDT by stratman1969 (This space for rent)
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To: neverdem

“Bloomberg no longer a Republican”

Oh yeah? When was he ever a Republican?


341 posted on 06/24/2007 6:55:41 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: Gabz

Well, there’s a lot more to this place than mocking the lefties (and the Lyndon LaRouche groupies who sometimes set up tables and make themselves easy targets for amusement). :-)

So, did you put the girls to work cleaning the house? LOL!


342 posted on 06/25/2007 7:56:43 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: neverdem

He’s the ring leader of a straw purchase group, he needs to be brought up on RICO charges.


343 posted on 06/25/2007 2:52:51 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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