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June 19, 2007

NYC Mayor quits republican party

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that he is dropping his affiliation with the republican party.  Bloomberg joined the GOP when running for mayor of New York despite having been a democrat for most of his life.

“I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead my city,” Mr. Bloomberg’s statement read. “Any successful elected executive knows that real results are more important than partisan battles, and that good ideas should take precedence over rigid adherence to any particular political ideology.”

Quitting the party could be the first step in an Independent campaign for president for Bloomberg.  Mayor Mike has said repeatedly that he has no plans to make a run for the White House, but the New York Times is reporting that his aides are "are working intensely behind the scenes promoting the idea of the mayor’s candidacy and exploring the mechanics of starting an independent campaign."

If Hillary Clinton and Rudy Guiliani win their parties nominations, and if Michael Bloomberg runs independently then three New Yorkers will face off for president.

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