William Nabe writes at YourNabe.com
There is no doubt Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to run for a third term. As we look at the practical aspects of the campaign, however, the question arises as to which political party or parties are willing to designate him as their candidate.
Since he is registered as an independent, he cannot run as a Republican or Democrat without the permission of the city parties’ leadership. There is no chance of his getting the support of the city Democratic Party, especially since he ran against it as a Republican twice before and there are now three potential Democratic candidates for mayor, including U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D?Forest Hills), city Comptroller Bill Thompson and City Councilman Tony Avella (D?Bayside).
In the city Republican Party, there seems to be resentment toward Bloomberg for abandoning the party and changing his registration from Republican to independent last year. In order to run as a Republican candidate, Bloomberg would need the support of at least three of the five Republican county chairmen and their county executive committees. Presently, that is not forthcoming, particularly since there is a Republican mayoral candidate in the field: John Catsimatidis, who owns a city supermarket chain.
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If Bloomberg does or does not get the support of any of the established political parties, he most certainly will be putting together his own independent party with a separate name that will appear on the voting ballot, as Rudy Giuliani did in 1993.
There is a precedent for an incumbent mayor running as an independent and winning in fairly recent times.
In 1950, Mayor Vincent Impellitteri, running as an independent in a special election, defeated both the Republican and Democratic candidates for mayor. But three years later, Robert Wagner defeated Impellitteri in a Democratic primary for to become mayoral candidate by a landslide.
In 1969 ,Mayor John Lindsay, after losing the Republican primary for mayor, ran as an independent with Liberal Party endorsement and was re?elected. He chose not to run for a third term.
H/T On The Wilder Side and Ballot Access News.