Mayor Bloomberg seeks the Working Families Party nomination in re-election bid

A truly trans-partisan man, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has moved from being a registered Republican to an independent while in office, and has ran on the Republican, Independence, and Liberal Party ballot lines.  Now he is seeking the nomination of the Working Families Party, which usually cross-nominates Democrats and occassionally runs their own candidates.  However, Bloomberg tried and failed to get their nomination in 2005, he opposes their main issue of raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers, and the Executive Director of the Working Families Party said, “I think any sensible observer would think it’s still an extreme long shot.”  Interestingly, when he sought the nomination in 2005 he got enough support to keep the Working Families Party from nominating the Democrat in the race.

In related news, the Working Families Pary is opposing subway fare hikes that are being debated in the state capital.  They have started a campaign against them, and rumors are floating that the WFP might challenge Democrats in their primaries who support the fare hikes.

22 thoughts on “Mayor Bloomberg seeks the Working Families Party nomination in re-election bid

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    Umm….I think it is giving Bloomberg too much credit to say he is being “transpartisan.”

    I think he doesn’t give a sh-t who he aligns himself with or what they believe. He is just gathering lines.

    Once someone has the Republican line (no matter which order that came in), I don’t think that independents and third party people should get all excited about them as some hero-independent.

    Bloomberg had many years to do something miraculous and wonderful for the world. Nothing. And, he has kept the New York City School System unfair, and top-down controlled.

    Also, Bloomberg supported and lobbied and whatever to overturn the term limit rule so he can run again.

    Yack!

    Not impressive to me. Sorry I ever wasted any time writing stuff about him. (But, I partly wanted to make sure that his “Independence Party” endorsement had nothing to do with “independence”.)

    P.S. And, anyway, there will be real third party candidates in the race, including Reverend* Billy Talen on the Green Party line.

    *That is “Reverend” as in performance art

  2. PTK

    I think that having the Independence Party is enough, so just stop seeking the other party’s nominations.

  3. Trent Hill

    “Umm….I think it is giving Bloomberg too much credit to say he is being “transpartisan.”

    I think he doesn’t give a sh-t who he aligns himself with or what they believe. He is just gathering lines.”

    Being registered in no party but seeking three party nominations definetly makes you transpartisan. Ross wrote the story brilliantly, thanks Ross.

  4. paulie

    I think that having the Independence Party is enough, so just stop seeking the other party’s nominations.

    Why wouldn’t he get as many ballot lines as he can?

  5. John C Jackson

    He should get as many ballot lines as he can, but why are they giving them to him?

    I guess I don’t know much about NYC, but it’s pretty scary that this clown can be elected even once let alone have no opposition from even most minor parties.

  6. Trent Hill

    Morgan,

    They’re more than that. The Working Families Party is essentially the arm of the labor unions, progressives, communists, and socialists in NYC. They’re VERY powerful because of the Union influence. The most politicall-involved unions in the country support the Working Families Party.

  7. Cork

    If you’re left of center, your voting options are through the roof in this country.

    You can vote for the Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Communist Party, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Freedom Socialist Party, the Labor Party, the New Union Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Social Democratic Party of America, Socialist Action, Socialist Party USA, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labor Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the US Pacifist Party, the Workers World Party, the Working Families Party, the Pansexual Peace Party, the American Socialist Party, the Progressive Labor Party, Revolutionary Communist Party USA, Workers Party USA, World Socialist Party of the USA, or Ralph Nader.

  8. Catholic Trotskyist

    Yes, interesting isn’t it? But not all those parties have ballot lines anywhere, and most have only some in a few places. And a good thing too, because, as I have been saying ad nauseum, the Republicans would win always if there were so many divided left parties. Although I guess there are lots of tiny right parties besides the LP or CP, that aren’t covered here. And you forgot the Catholic Trotskyist Party in your great list.

    The WFP would be pathetic if they endorsed Bloomberg. The Democrats and WFP should endorse Talen, and then Talen should endorse Catholic Trotskyism and the Fringe Alliance strategy; New York City would be a good place to begin the revolution.

    We hold the death of the Lord,
    Now we remain,
    The lord has risen indeed, We Have Been Told,
    Read the Book of Acts now, amen.

  9. Green Ferret

    “He should get as many ballot lines as he can, but why are they giving them to him?”

    Because he has lots of money. That’s how the Independence, Conservative, and Working Families parties operate in New York.

  10. Kimberly Wilder

    The Liberal Party is not a party in New York anymore.

    On its last dying breaths, a few years ago, the roles reflected voters who were either under 20, or over 70. They had not built for so long, just wheeled and dealed, and rode on the name of the party.

    The Working Family Party in NY does not simply represent unions. They have some organizational scheme where in order to get a seat on their board you pay dues or something. So, ultimately, the Working Families Party IS organizations who pay to have influence in it.

    In many ways it is just an arm of the Democratic Party. Especially the state/central entity.

    I live in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, and the local WFP dared to try to make its own endorsements. The Suffolk local would endorse Republicans or Democrats, depending on which way the wind blew. But, the central folks came in and sued them and shut them down to take control again. It was hard to know who was more noble in that battle. But, the state/central party won.

  11. Kimberly Wilder

    P.S. The Working Families Party was used as a feel-good tool so that Pete Seeger endorsed Hillary Clinton for Senate and Eliot Spitzer for Governor, saying that a vote for those two on the WFP line was a vote for peace, and there was this emotional singing of the peace songs.

    Very ironic based on all that has gone down in NY.

    I would hope that no one could fool/lure/whatever Pete Seeger to sing Kumbayah to elect Mayor Bloomberg to office.

  12. Libertarian Joseph

    Michael Bloomberg has been the worst mayor of NYC in my opinion. New taxes, welfare, regulation. Rinse, repeat. What a scum bag. I’m glad I don’t live in NYC

  13. Ross Levin Post author

    I really don’t like Bloomberg’s personality from what I’ve seen, but I don’t know much about him as mayor. I might have to donate to him, though, because if Joseph says he’s bad he must be the best!

    Anyway, thanks Trent. “Transpartisan” can certainly mean not giving a rat’s ass about which party supports you, as much as it can mean wanting to help multiple parties grow.

  14. paulie

    I might have to donate to him, though, because if Joseph says he’s bad he must be the best!

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Bloomberg is slime.

  15. Trent Hill

    Ross,

    The Politicker folks pay alot of attention to us, and we to them, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship,we both have highly active, highly political, substantial readerships. The Hill has cited us before, as has Capital Blue. I believe Austin Cassidy, representing IPR, has also been cited in the Washington Post or some such paper.

  16. Ross Levin Post author

    I’ve seen the sites that link to us before but this one said something about our commenters, that’s why I posted it.

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