New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's right-hand man is twisting arms in support of Caroline Kennedy's Senate bid, and some Democrats are miffed about it, the New York Times reports. Bloomberg has stressed that strategist Michael Sheekey is acting as a private citizen but annoyed lawmakers see the mayor's fingerprints all over the effort and charge it smacks of political elitism.
Sheekey masterminded Bloomberg's mayoral runs and his successful bid to be allowed to run for a third term, which critics say had the same air of inevitability that now surrounds Kennedy's candidacy. "It appears to be another case of central casting by the city’s cognoscenti,” said one Democratic city councilman said. “It’s amazing how much it’s all about the upper crust.”