Tom Golisano is a billionaire businessman from upstate New York who helped found the Independence Party of New York. Michael Bloomberg is a registered independent in the State of New York, a billionaire businessman, and the mayor of New York City. What do these two titans of industry have in common? An apparent desire to “revamp” the New York Independence Party using their billions.
Observers tell the Post there are a number of advantages to Bloomberg teaming up with Golisano: First, it keeps him from meddling in this fall’s mayoral election (Golisano was helping efforts to keep term limits at two). Second, “the mayor’s new joint effort with Golisano could help crowd out the faction controlled by Lenora Fulani, who runs the city party and has said the mayor will have an uphill climb getting the line.” Bloomberg has gotten flak for supporting the city’s Independence Party—and implicitly Fulani, who made anti-Semitic remarks. Pigeon claims the partnering isn’t related to the 2009 mayoral election.
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