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A Shaky Second Term
March 26th, 2007

While talk of presidential possibilities for Mayor Michael Bloomberg continue unabated, Chris Smith of New York Magazine writes about the mayor’s trouble here at home:

“For a mayor with such astronomical approval ratings, Bloomberg has had a surprisingly tough time of it lately. His clinical initial responses to the Con Ed blackout in Queens, the fiasco of school-bus reroutings, and the Bronx fire that killed ten members of two immigrant African families have been strung together to bash the mayor as a heartless technocrat. Bloomberg is plenty empathetic, just not in public, and anyone expecting him to reveal an inner Bill Clinton hasnt been paying attention for the past six years.

But professional naysayers arent the mayors real problem, or the reason political momentum has started to shift away from him. Whats truly worrisome is that the mayors recent troubles are rooted in substance, not style. Management expertise is at the core of why he was hired in the first place, and why he was resoundingly reelected in 2005. And it is managerial stumbles that are threatening to turn his second term into a dud.”

By on March 26, 2007, 9:54 am
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