Bloomberg will not endorse in the mayor's race
The mayor is not taking sides.
"I don't want to do anything that complicates it for the next mayor and that's one of the reasons I've decided I'm just not gonna make an endorsement in the race," said Michael Bloomberg, during his appearance on the John Gambling radio show. "I've never been a partisan guy, as you know. I was a Democrat, ran as a Republican, ran as an independent."
Bloomberg was tacitly supporting Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary. After the New York Times endorsed Quinn and Joe Lhota in the primaries, Bloomberg told New York magazine that the paper had made the right decision.
"I’m very pleased about that," he said at the time.
His administration, by contrast, has been sharply critical of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the likely Democratic nominee.
This morning he said that while he won't endorse, he will work hard to make sure there is a "world-class transition" from his administration to the next one.
"It's really important to the next mayor that they have the tools," said Bloomberg. "They've gotta know where everything is and what status it's in. And which buttons to push and how to keep it going, particularly at the beginning, as they form a team and as that team comes in and gets some experience."
De Blasio never had a shot at Bloomberg's endorsement, and might not have wanted it anyway. But Bloomberg's decision will come as a disappointment to Lhota, who could have benefited from the mayor's official opposition to his Democratic rival.