Bloomberg’s message to Hillary Clinton (and his would-be successors)

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Clinton and Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Notwithstanding his well-established comfort with Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has often seemed underwhelmed by the current field of Democratic mayoral candidates, Quinn included.

The latest evidence: his reported call "some months ago" to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ask her to consider running for mayor in 2013.

The report, in the Times, seems to have come as news to Quinn, who has constantly sought to balance her close relationship with the administration and its business-establishment supporters with the need to demonstrate her independence from them.

In that regard, the reported call from Bloomberg may at least hand Quinn a response to the argument that she's too close to the mayor, an idea that her primary rivals will be pushing aggressively in the coming months.

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Hillary reportedly made it clear that she has no interest whatever in taking Bloomberg up on his idea. Maybe, if Bloomberg is still interested in getting a Clinton to run for mayor, it's time for Plan B?

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