NY to Bloomberg: No Vote for You
By Keith B. Richburg
NEW YORK -- One prominent New Yorker and potential presidential candidate who did not cast a vote today was Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
He wasn't allowed to.
New York has a closed primary for those registered with a political party. In June, Bloomberg -- a onetime Democrat who ran for mayor as a Republican -- quit the GOP to become a political independent.
"I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead my city," Bloomberg said in a statement at the time. It was believed then that the billionaire businessman was paving the way for a possible run as an independent. That could still happen, insiders say, but his path has been complicated by the rise of Sen. John McCain (R-Az), who is also known for being able to work with Democrats. Bloomberg and McCain are also friends.
But in changing his status, Bloomberg also lost his right to have a say in today's Republican primary.
A media alert from City Hall told reporters: "Please Note: Because Mayor Bloomberg is no longer a member of a political party, he cannot vote in Tuesday's primaries."
The mayor was busy today anyway -- he was presiding over a ticker tape parade for the New York Giants, to celebrate their victory in Sunday's Super Bowl.
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