Tag Archives: Michael Bloomberg

NYC Independence Party Leader Fred Newman Dies At Age 76

The New York Times provides a thorough obituary. One quote of interest for third party junkies:

His greatest impact came through mobilizing his followers, sometimes called “Newmanites,” to build alliances with third parties, including that of the Texas independent H. Ross Perot.

“If it weren’t for the Independence Party, Mike Bloomberg might not have become mayor,” said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College.

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Michael Bloomberg News Roundup

  • Bloomberg participated in an event launching a “No Labels” movement in New York earlier in December. The Washington Post explained,

The group hopes to build a network of citizen activists and establish offices in all 435 congressional districts. Beginning in January, members plan to police the new Congress, calling out lawmakers they think are too partisan and speaking up for those who cross party lines to find solutions.

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The Next Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader has come out directly with his desire for 2012.

Though he wouldn’t rule out another presidential campaign himself, Nader, 76, said he hoped a new face would take up the progressive cause.

“I’m not foreclosing the possibility … There are just other things to do,” he said in an interview.

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Green Party of New York garners press by protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s education pick

The Green Party organized a protest earlier today in front of the Hearts Tower in New York City, the former workplace of the newly appointed schools chancellor in the city.  Retired teachers were asking to be hired as the head of the publishing company, since that was Cathie Black’s – that is, the new chancellor’s – job before the appointment.… Read more ...

Washington Post Columnist Calls for Centrist Third Party Movement

From Matt Miller at the Washington Post via Third Party and Independent Daily:

I’m a Clinton White House alum who had hoped President Obama could usher in the debate we need. It’s hardly all his fault that we’re not there, but I’m convinced the parties’ interest groups and “thought police” make real progress impossible without a new force that shakes things up.

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Nader: Bloomberg Presidential Candidacy Would “Blow the Whole Two-Party System Apart”

From the Political Wire via TPID:

“I see a looming giant on the horizon for 2012… you better try to get an interview with him because if he runs, it is not only a three way race, he’s going to blow the whole two party system apart.”

— Ralph Nader, in an interview on the Fox Business Network, on New York City Michael Bloomberg possibly running as an independent candidate for president.… Read more ...

Mike Bloomberg: “Independent President Would Be More Effective than Democrat or Republican”

From the Washington Post via TPID:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who has considered running for president, declared Monday that an independent has a better chance at succeeding in the White House than a Republican or a Democrat . . . at Harvard University on Monday he endorsed the idea of an independent in the White House.… Read more ...

The Curious Case of Lincoln Chafee

When was the last time you heard of the President of the United States endorsing a third party candidate?

Admittedly, it didn’t happen this cycle. Nevertheless, Lincoln Chafee got the next best thing.

On October 25th Barack Obama did his usual thing as a President right before mid-terms: gave his blessing with rallies to a few of his party’s candidates, raised funds for his party, and did a little bit of local glad-handing.… Read more ...

Jeff Vanke, other independents featured on CNN.com

Email from Jeff Vanke to contact.ipr.gmail.com:

On today’s CNN.com, here, Jeff Vanke’s campaign and his balanced budget are featured in a story on independent candidates in 2010.

Jeff Vanke for Congress, Independent, 6th District of Virginia
1007 1st Street SW, Suite D, Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 915-3786

Excerpt from that story:

(L)et’s break out of the two-party mold and take a look at some of the independent candidates across the country who are surging or struggling as Election Day approaches.

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Nate Silver On The Potential For A Third Party Presidential Campaign

Statistical guru Nate Silver weighs in on the brouhaha in the blogosphere since Thomas Friedman posted his op-ed on the idea of a third party candidacy in 2012 (for a second time).

There have been 16 Presidential elections since World War II: in only one instance, 1992, was there a third-party candidate (H.

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg To Campaign With Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee, the former GOP Senator turned Independent candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, announced a new endorsement today.

A statement issued by the Chafee campaign said: “Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, will travel to Rhode Island Thursday to deliver an endorsement to independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee. They will make joint appearances in Warwick and Providence between 11:00 a.m.

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Charlie Crist Not Recieving Endorsements From Independents

Charlie Crist, who earlier this month announced he was leaving the GOP in order to run for the US Senate as an independent, is reportedly having trouble getting any support from fellow elected officials who have taken the independent route.

NYC Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson told the paper that rumors Bloomberg would endorse Crist were “false” and the chances of the mayor helping Crist out were “zero.”

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