Bloomberg Hires Clinton Flack

Wolfson to work on what's expected to be a tougher reelection bid than last time
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Dec 24, 2008 9:16 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's adviser Howard Wolfson talks on the phone after appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)
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(Newser) – Top Hillary Clinton campaign strategist Howard Wolfson is taking a job managing the media for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-reelection effort, reports the New York Times. Bloomberg can probably expect a tougher fight than last time, thanks to his successful attempt to extend his term limits and the tanking economy. The mayor’s top political aide describes Wolfson as “the best political strategist in New York.”

The mayor’s team is harder-edged this time around, including Wolfson, who once called Bloomberg “an out-of-touch billionaire,” while blocking Hizzoner's campaign to institute nonpartisan city elections, Politico reports. “That was my evil twin,” Wolfson says now.