'Indie' Bloomberg Leans Left

NYC mayor's policies place him squarely in the Democratic corner
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 1:46 PM CST
In this photo released by CBS, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents host David Letterman with the Key to the City on the set of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Michael Bloomberg may brand himself an independent, but his liberal stances align him with the Democrats, reports the New York Times. Bloomberg supports gay marriage, abortion rights, and stricter gun control laws, levies taxes on the rich and is against deporting illegal immigrants. But supporters say his idea for nonpartisan leadership is rooted more in governing philosophy, not on hot-button issues.

“I don’t see the product differentiation, except for the $4 billion bank account and the aura of the philosopher-king,” says one expert. To some, though, Bloomberg is the ideal candidate—his billionaire status keeps him insulated from special interests and his open-mindedness lets him select the best ideas from left and right. Despite continuing rumors, he has denied a presidential run.