Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Mayor, The Times’ Timing, and a Proper Ordering

In The Mayor, The Times’ Timing, and a Proper Ordering, Noticing New York posts detailed analysis about the NY Times editorials regarding term limits. The article suggests some buyer's remorse by the Times in their support of Bloomberg's term extension, and it paints an unseemly picture of Bloomberg:

We do not know exactly what makes a wealthy man like Bloomberg tick. He may be wealthier beyond any need to be richer. He can’t eat any better and he is at that “What can you buy that you can't already afford?” stage (See: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, Remembering; Not Forgetting in Chinatown). The Mayor’s attraction to power is out in the open, given that he was recently willing to pay such a high price to stay in power. Some explanation is likely to be found in the way funds flow through the Mayor’s charities. The Mayor may claim by not taking campaign funds he owes nobody anything. But we have observed that the way he uses charities to accept and intermingle funds from developers points to quid pro quo obligations. It presents situations that are a challenge to distinguish from old-fashioned kickback behavior.

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