City Hall Dispatch
There has been a lot of speculation in the last day or so that Spitzer's downfall opens up room for Mayor Bloomberg to pursue an Albany run in '10.
Indeed a new poll showed him with a stratospheric 70% approval rating and 73% say he would make a good governor.
But we here at Urbanite don't really see it.
For one thing, like, um, have you ever been to Albany?
No offense to civic boosters, but it's hardly a place fitting for a billionaire. Would you give up an Upper East Side townhouse?
And glamor aside for a moment, Bloomberg would likely get a far different reception in Albany than he got around City Hall. City Hall is filled with bright, ambitious politicians, who, like Bloomberg will be termed out of office in 2010. The statehouse though is filled with a bunch of old dinosaurs who never get serious challenges for re-election, and so basically just have to show up for work a few times a week. And, the rules up there basically mean that unless you head one of the houses of government,you don't really have all that much to do.
Finally, Bloomberg started out as a Democrat, then switched to the GOP to run for mayor, before eschewing party labels all together in preparation for a run for governor. Too many New York state voters vote along strictly party lines for a Independent to have a serious chance, which means Mayor Mike would have to switch parties again, which would make him look fickle at best, and opportunistic at worst.
But we'll see.