3:35 pm Oct. 11, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today gave a short, impromptu speech to the media during a press conference today during which he told them that he refused to spend the next year taking questions about those who would like to succeed him.
"Maybe I should just say this to the press generally," said the mayor, in response to a question about an idea, mentioned by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, of a sales tax on luxury goods. "We'll have a presidential election in about three or four weeks. And then I'm sure there's gonna be a lot of focus on the election a year from then for local offices. I am not going to spend the next year answering 'what do you think' of every potential candidate's ideas, whether they're good, bad, whether I agree with them or not. I'm gonna spend my time being mayor, and I'm just not gonna take questions on, what do you think about some person's idea that they may have made seriously or made for political reasons or not. I would suggest you address those questions to the other candidates ... And if that's not acceptable to any member of the press, I would suggest you just don't bother to come to the press conferences, because I'm not gonna call on you."
"And you may think it's funny," he said, apparently addressing a smiling reporter, "but I don't happen to think it's funny. I think this city has got too many things to do, and there are too many people that need help in this city for us to play silly games."
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