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Party Matters, And Bloomberg Is A Republican
October 25th, 2005

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reelection campaign is built on a central idea: it is his ideas, not his party affiliation, that matters.

But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer argues that there are at least five critical issues where parties matter in the race between Republican Michael Bloomberg and Democrat Fernando Ferrer.

The issues are:

1. Healthcare Security Act. The City Council recently passed a law requiring large grocery stores to provide health insurance. Bloomberg opposes it; Ferrer supports it.

2. Lead paint. The mayor vetoed more stringent regulations passed by the City Council; Ferrer supports them.

3. Taxes. Ferrer wants to tax the rich with a stock transfer tax and vacant land tax; Bloomberg’s property tax was focused at the middle class homeowners.

4. Home Health Aides. Ferrer has offered to help the city’s home health aides, who make below poverty line wages and get no benefits. Bloomberg turned down the request, and Ferrer got the endorsement of the health care union.

5. Inclusionary Zoning. Ferrer supports mandatory inclusionary zoning, which would require developers to build affordable housing. The mayor favors negotiating with developers individually and offering tax subsidies to encourage affordable housing.

“Classically, the Republican, Mayor Bloomberg believes in less regulation on business to help the working class,” Lehrer writes. “The Democrat, Ferrer, believes in more. Decide for yourself which approach you prefer. But don’t tell me this race has no issues, or no parties.”

By on October 25, 2005, 11:09 am
In category: Electoral Politics | 5 Comments »

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5 Responses to “Party Matters, And Bloomberg Is A Republican”

  1. our gal in brooklyn Says:
    October 25th, 2005 at 11:13 am

    oh brian
    I could kiss you right now.
    its about ISSUES people. its not a horserace of who is up and who is down.

    There are also differences in how each candidate addresses civil liberties. Bloomberg says arrest ‘m all and let god sort them out (after the GOP leaves town).

    It doesn’t get anymore Bush than that.

  2. Dan Says:
    October 27th, 2005 at 12:01 pm

    Yep, Mike is a republican and it looks like he’s going to clean Freddy’s clock on November 8th. Get used to it.

  3. our gal in brooklyn Says:
    October 27th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

    Whose winning was hardly the point of my post. Go and cheer Bush and friends. Just don’t forget where your favorite guy’s backing. And you can celebrate the Bloomberg victory all the way to Amboy NJ which is the only place regular people are going to be able to live after a second term of Bloomberg luxury apartment development.

    Of course I don’t think you’ll be able to vote for dear Bloombie once you have moved to Jersey or some such hinterland.

    But don’t let me rain on your victory parade for the rulling class.

  4. Jennifer Alfaro-Martinez Says:
    November 2nd, 2005 at 9:11 pm

    The thing that sickens me is that the upper class citizens are the ones who consistently vote. Of course Bloomberg will win!! The poor and middle class won’t take the time to go to the voting booths.. Please, I’m making a plea to everyone—Go to the voting booths next week! End the Republican streak!! Ferrer may not have billions of dollars to campaign, but his heart is in the right place!!!!!!

  5. Valentina Says:
    November 8th, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    Ferrer may have his heart in the right place, but I think his brain is a little iffy.
    I disagree with many of Bloomberg’s policies, but he is a smart man, capable of making smart decisions for the city. I’m not sure I can say the same about Ferrer.

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