New Yorkers See a Saltier Bloomberg

Concern over mayoral legacy might explain more frequent fits
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 1:19 PM CDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledges the audience after he delivered the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Monday, May 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – In his 6 years in office, Michael Bloomberg has enjoyed a reputation as the cool, collected CEO of the Big Apple. But as setbacks have mounted and his presidential ambitions have been shelved, another side is showing: the temperamental, sometimes explosive antagonist. Bloomberg's mood is "the worst I've ever seen it," one top pol told the New York Times.

Perhaps worrying over his place in history, and still surprised by checks on his authority, Bloomberg has lashed out at state officials for sinking his congestion-pricing plan, dissed Sen. Chuck Schumer for edging in on his authority, and lashed out at a reporter. “Now that they’re focused on the endgame, let’s face it," one veteran said. "This legacy, this large canvas, needs a lot more paint."