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    he was running against Mark Green who is one of the most disliked politicans in NYC (except among the little old ladies).  Green shot himself in the foot when Giuliani floated the idea of postponing the election because of 9/11 (that day was actually NY primary day; the primary was postponed).  Freddy Ferrer, another Dem candidate, outright refused, saying he'd welcome Giuliani's assistance, but did not agree that the legislative process should be suspended.  Green came out of that looking like weak.

    •  So people vote for evil Bloomberg because he was (1+ / 0-)
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      NOT someone else.
      Sounds stupid to me. I though New Yorkers were smart.

      Never mind.......

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 05:02:34 PM PDT

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        There were a number of factors in play.  NY was shell-shocked after 9/11.  People huddled in public spaces, posted flyers of missing loved ones, and walked around the city in a daze for quite a while.  Bloomberg presented himself as an above- politics businessman who could get NY in order (understandably, tourism was way down and Giuliani, despite years of huge suprluses, left the city bankrupt).  To too many NYers, the Dem candidates did not inspire confidence.  I do not offer this as a justification for voting for Bloomberg; I never voted for him.  It was a strange time in NY.  Once he was ensconced, he essentially bought off all opposition.  He spread his money around to groups that would have opposed his policies, thereby ensuring compliance (shamefully, I would argue).  

        The most compelling example is that when Bloomberg ran the last time, neither the Dem establishment (most notably, Christine Quinn) nor any of the press endorsed or supported the Dem candidate for mayor.  The common wisdom was that his re-election was a done deal.  In the end, it was a much closer race than predicted [sic].  I would argue that if the Dem party rallied around its candidate, Bloomberg would not have won.

    •  Mark Green won the Dem primary. Somebody, (0+ / 0-)

      besides little old ladies, liked him. He also was within 3% points of winning. :-)

      "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

      by rubyr on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:36:15 PM PDT

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      •  One need not like a candidate to vote for him (0+ / 0-)

        I would count myself among that group.  I was being somewhat facetious about the little old ladies because they were a strong voting bloc in support of Green.  He started out as an advocate working with Nader and NYPIRG and did good work.  It was his personality that was off-putting.  It is a fairly common opinion of him.  

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