Romney fund-raiser on Bloomberg endorsement: ‘UGH’

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Just a few days ago, Bloomberg was holding his nose and telling The Atlantic how neither presidential candidate was worthy of his support. Today, he endorsed Barack Obama.

I asked Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis, who is a fan of Bloomberg and a fund-raiser for Romney, for his reaction. In an email, he wrote "UGH" and: "I think Seasoned executives should NOT PANIC on one Occurrence...It's not Indicative of any Long term Trends."

Some other reactions:

Political consultant Josh Isay, speaking on behalf of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, wrote, "Chris thinks Barack Obama is clearly the best choice for New York and the country. She is very pleased that mayor Bloomberg decided to speak out today in support of the president."

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A spokesman for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who like Quinn is preparing to run for mayor, said Bloomberg's endorsement was "terrific news."

Public relations consultant Matthew Hiltzik, a former spokesman for the state Democratic Party whose current clients include Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin and Glenn Beck, said Bloomberg's endorsement of Obama was "natural" and could have been unveiled days ago.

Hiltizik said Bloomberg's support of abortion rights, same-sex marriage and immigration reform lined up perfectly with Obama's, and that it couldn't be seen as a surprise, especially now.

"One could argue this is the mayor practicing what he's preaching with getting back to normal life," he wrote. "Perhaps this is just him staying the course while being dedicated to helping the city recover."