The famously neurotic Wolfson, who declined to comment for this story, is now described as unusually well-adjusted. He has traded his sweater vests for sharp suits and needles reporters about their shaggy hair. The 46-year-old lives in his beloved New York, finally residing full time in the same city as his wife, Terri McCullough, the former chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi, and their young children. As deputy mayor he has a broad portfolio, defending right-leaning stop-and-frisk police policies and denouncing Occupy Wall Street; he also spends many Fridays in the White House strategizing with other gun-control advocates. The slimmed-down face of bike lanes, Wolfson is such a regular at Manhattan’s Nobu that Drew Nieporent, the owner of the pricey Japanese restaurant, credits him with “sending my kids through college.”
For Wolfson’s birthday last Tuesday, Bloomberg co-workers celebrated by giving him helium balloons featuring Muppet characters — a Wolfson calling card since, as a young congressional aide, he helped devise the Bert-and-Ernie campaign to defeat Republican efforts to end federal subsidies for public broadcasting. But he has expressed little desire to return to the partisan battles of Washington or, for that matter, another campaign for the party’s presumptive standard-bearer, Clinton.