Bloomberg not giving Thompson any tips
Dec 01, 2009 | 16984 views | 0 0 comments | 515 515 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If Bill Thompson was looking to get some inside information on running a successful campaign for a future try at public office - which he has expressed interest in - he's not going to get any help from the man who just narrowly defeated him.

Thompson recently said that he was looking into the viability for a run at another office, and he dropped a possible challenge to Senator Kristen Gillibrand, as well as challenging State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli or taking on fellow Democrat David Paterson for the governorship of New York State.

We don't know if Thompson has had the time to ask for Bloomberg's advice (or if he even wants it), so Pol Position did it for him! We tracked down Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself, and asked if he had any advice for Thompson on running for office in the future. He didn't.

"Bill is a good comptroller and a quality guy. I hope he stays in public service," was all the mayor would tell us before saying that he doesn't get involved in races for statewide offices.

We were disappointed the mayor didn't have some more specific advice for Thompson, but were not sure what Bill could have done with advice like “first, tap into your vast personal fortune and spend as many tens of millions of dollars as is necessary to saturate the television airwaves, bombard voters with campaign literature, and buy off every editorial board in the city for their endorsement.”

That advice isn't quite “stick to the issues” and “get to know the voters.”

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