Mayor Mike Threatens to Upstage Rudy

Comparisons with successor would dim Giuliani's luster
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2007 8:18 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Speculation about a Michael Bloomberg run for president is casting a shadow on the other New York mayor, as Rudy Giuliani’s bona fides are scrutinized more carefully in comparison, the Washington Post reports. The shorter, richer man has sustained New York City’s progress in cutting crime and curbing other urban hazards, without Rudy’s rep for bullying and racial antagonism.

“Bloomberg shows it’s possible to manage New York without offending people,” said a former Dem congressman. Bloomberg's staff reminds people that Rudy was out of office four months after 9/11; the rebuilding was on Mike's watch. The Giuliani campaign counters by branding Bloomberg as a caretaker of the cleaned-up New York he inherited—and has defended Rudy's ability to make tough choices.