NYC's Elites Want More of the Mayor

Papers, biz leaders on board for another Bloomberg term
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2008 11:43 AM CDT
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the chairman and publisher of The New York Times Company, leaves the company's shareholders' meeting in this, April 24, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
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(Newser) – New York’s opinion leaders are presenting a united front in favor of suspending term limits so Michael Bloomberg can serve a third term as mayor, David Carr writes for the New York Times. With the city facing job loss and financial crisis, everyone likes Mike, at least for another 4 years. That includes the city's newspapers, whether opposed to (the Times) or supportive of (the Daily News) term limits in the past.

Bloomberg’s elite-level support isn’t limited to the editorial pages. After launching something of a behind-closed-doors campaign, he won Rupert Murdoch's backing. And a host of powerful business leaders support the mayor’s effort. Whether it all adds up to popular support is another question. “If voters don’t like what they’ve seen, they will vote for someone else,” says Bloomberg.