The party that made ex-wrestler Jesse Ventura governor of Minnesota wants to make Mayor Bloomberg President in 2012.
Jack Uldrich, chairman of the Minnesota Independence Party, has issued a formal call for the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent mayor to "give serious consideration" to a White House run.
"The two-party system has catastrophically failed America," Uldrich said. "America needs a serious, credible independent to right our sinking ship and get it back on track to a prosperous future.
"There is no one better positioned than Mayor Bloomberg to accept the mantle of this immense challenge."
Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser called Uldrich's comments "very flattering."
But, he added, "The only thing the mayor is focused on is being mayor.
It would be interesting to see how much of Bloomberg's money has recently found it's way into the Minnesota Independence Party's coffers.
No doubt that's why Blooomberg has pulled $5 billion out of a private equity fund.
So that he has his slush fund ready to grease the palms of all the people he needs to grease to get the atmosphere just right for a 2012 run.
Obama's CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN bipartisan jive almost beat Mayor Mike, but fortunately for him, Obama has not been doing so well, Republicans are intractable on compromise, Dems have spent the last year fighting themselves and now the opportunity exists for a third party "savior" to enter the race in 2012.
I would say this, however.
Third terms for NYC mayors are funky. They tend to be rife with corruption problems (think Koch's third term.) All the crookedness and corruption of the first eight years tends to come to the surface and while Mayor Mike is going to play the "savior" who is both above politics and above corruption, he is neither.
Note these corruption stories that swirl around Bloomberg and/or his campaigns for mayor (here, here, and here.)
Or the no-bid contract business the city has done and continues to do with mobsters and other crooks here, here, and here.)
So we'll see what wins out in the end - the truth about Bloomberg's time here in NYC or his billions.