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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cranky Bloomberg Doesn't Think City Is "Repudiating" Him

The NY Times has a telling article about a press conference Mayor Bloomberg gave yesterday in which he was, uh, let's just say not in the happiest mood about the direction of the mayoral campaign.

Here we present the article, almost all in full, for your enjoyment:

At a news conference on Wednesday on the Lower East Side, Mr. Bloomberg snapped at several reporters who wanted to hear his thoughts about the end of the Bloomberg era and the start of New York City’s next chapter. 

When one reporter suggested that a mixed-use development he was announcing might be one of his last such initiatives as mayor, he looked at her as though she were a lobotomy patient. 

“I hope not,” he said. “We’ve got 104 days, and you can rest assured we’ll be working as hard as we can. Why do you assume that?” 

Before she could answer, he went on: “You probably wrote that after the second term we wouldn’t do anything. And I think we’ve done more in the third term than any administration’s ever done — certainly more than we did in the first and second term.” 

When the reporter asked him to reflect on his development legacy, he sniffed, “I’m not sure what the word even means.” 

In fairness, Mr. Bloomberg has plenty to be annoyed about these days. In the race to succeed him, the candidate who has been his sharpest critic, Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is leading the Republican nominee, Joseph J. Lhota, by 43 points, according to the latest WNBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. 

Mr. Lhota is generally more positive about Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure, but even he is emphasizing his differences from the mayor on the campaign trail. 

Campaign rhetoric is not the only irritant for Mr. Bloomberg these days. 

On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected the city’s request to stay her order for changes to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practice. 

When a reporter asked about Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision, saying that the judge had “ruled against you on the appeal,” the mayor interrupted. 

“No, no, she didn’t rule against me — she ruled against the people of the city,” he said. 

Saying that the ruling had been expected, Mr. Bloomberg continued, “I don’t know why it’s even newsworthy, and I don’t know that anybody even covered it other than a tiny bit.” 

Another reporter asked what the mayor thought of the many voters in the primary who said in exit polls that they wanted to see the city move in a new direction. 

Why did he think that was the case? 

“I don’t know, that’s up to your job to find out,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “I really have no idea. All I can do is tell you what we’ve done. If you want to write that, or if you want to make up some stuff, that’s totally up to you. I have no idea.” 

Finally, a reporter asked whether a poll released on Tuesday evening, which showed Mr. de Blasio leading Mr. Lhota 65 to 22 among likely voters, amounted to a repudiation of his mayoralty.
“I haven’t read last night’s polls, I don’t know what they say,” he said brusquely. 

“Why would you repudiate — I don’t understand the question,” he went on. “We’re supposed to do the best job we can, and pretty hard to argue most people aren’t happy with the city and the way it goes.” Then, referring to his press secretary, Marc LaVorgna, he added, “Marc told me there’s even polls out that say I’m popular.” 

In a New York Times/Siena College poll conducted late last month, 44 percent of city voters approved of Mayor Bloomberg’s job performance, and the same percentage disapproved. Eleven percent had no opinion.   

He surrounds himself with yes men and women like Marc LaVorgna and Howard Wolfson and Dennis Walcott and they all tell him what a genius he is and how nobody has ever been a better mayor and how popular he is among the city plebeians and then, when faced with the reality that his approval/disapproval is 44%/44%, when faced with poll after poll that finds 2/3rds of the citizens of this city want the next mayor to go in a different direction with his policies (especially with his school policies), when faced with a Democratic mayoral nominee who won because he is the "anti-Bloomberg" and a GOP nominee who doesn't want his endorsement because it is the "kiss of death," Bloomberg seems to get awfully cranky.

That's what happens when you surround yourself with courtiers who only tell you how great you are - reality has a way of hitting you and pricking your bubble of awesomeness.

And right now, Bloomberg's bubble of awesomeness sure is being pricked.

The truth is, people don't despise Bloomberg the way they despised Giuliani pre-9/11.

But they are sick of him and they are ready for him to go away to Bermuda and have somebody come in and take the city in a new direction.


  1. One of Bloomberg's engineers of his ed deform agenda and school closings in the DOE is stepping down.
    "Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced on Tuesday the departure of Marc Sternberg, Senior Deputy Chancellor for Strategy and Policy for the city’s Department of Education (DOE). Sternberg is leaving to work for the Walton Family Foundation, where he is slated to become Director of Systemic K-12 Education Reform".
    Not sure if this posted already, here it is just in case.

    Not surprised BTW, that Walmart has also joined the ed deform/privatization movement.

    1. I left a comment at Gotham Schools about this story.

      Here it is:

      Sternberg's last evil act at the DOE will be to turn Murry Bergtraum into a Walmart.

      They make the announcement at the next PEP.

      Kills two birds with one stone - Bloomberg loves Walmart and has wanted to get one into NYC for 12 years now.

      And they hate large schools and they've been trying to knock them all off before they go.

      Bergtraum, which they have consciously and purposely destroyed over the past decade, will be the last.

      Heckuva legacy for neo-liberal Sternberg.

      Slash and burn, slash and burn, burn and churn, burn and churn...