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

(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.

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.
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)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg explains his budget plans for fiscal 2009 at a City Hall press conference, Wednesday, Nov.5, 2008, in New York.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg explains his budget plans for fiscal 2009 at a City Hall press conference, Wednesday, Nov.5, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
In this photo provided by CBS, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's adviser Howard Wolfson appears on CBS' Face the Nation in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.
In this photo provided by CBS, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's adviser Howard Wolfson appears on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)
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