Bloomberg won’t endorse in New York mayor’s race

September 13, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) announced Friday that he won't endorse anyone in the New York mayor's race.

Bloomberg made the announcement on "The John Gambling Show."

"I don’t want to do anything that complicates it for the next mayor, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve decided I’m just not going to make an endorsement in the race," Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg has been openly critical of Democratic front-runner Bill de Blasio, who may or may not face a runoff with 2009 nominee Bill Thompson, who lost narrowly to Bloomberg four years ago. Both de Blasio and Thompson have been critical of Bloomberg's tenure.

Bloomberg's closest ally in the race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, finished third in the Democratic primary despite being an early front-runner.

In fact, the one remaining candidate in the race who's been most associated with Bloomberg is Republican nominee Joe Lhota, who has praised Bloomberg to some degree.

“I am coming in at a time where the policies of Giuliani and the policies Bloomberg have propelled this city to levels that they have never been before,” Lhota recently told the Post. “The number of jobs, the cleanliness in the city, the crime in the city. … I want to take those policies of the last 20 years and build upon them.”

Updated at 11:23 a.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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