Bloomberg hints at an autumn endorsement

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Michael Bloomberg tacitly supports Christine Quinn for mayor, or at least makes it clear that he regards her as the least ridiculous of his would-be successors.

But he has not officially endorsed her, and today hinted that he'll wait until the general election to weigh in, for real, on behalf of any of the candidates.

"I should stay out of this race," he said today, when asked if he would stand up and criticize candidates who are making proposals that he believes would blow a hole in the city's budget. "And at the end, decide if I want to endorse somebody, and I would say why. As you know I did that in the presidential race."

As before, he declined to say who, precisely, he is backing in this year's mayoral race.

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Though he did also say this a little earlier in his post-budget presentation question-and-answer session: "I would argue that it's not necessarily important to have private-sector experience, but management experience is perhaps the most important thing," he said. "It could be in the public sector. You could have somebody that's really run a sizable organization, 100,000 people ... that is the kind of thing that is really important."