New York – Mayor Bloomberg Sees His Successor in Hillary Rodham Clinton


    (File Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif)New York – Mike Bloomberg has finally identified someone he deems worthy of replacing him as New York City’s mayor. The only problem is she doesn’t want the job.

    The New York Times ( reports that Mayor Bloomberg reached out to retiring Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton a few months ago to ask her to consider running for mayor in 2013, suggesting the position is “a perfect fit” for her.

    Such an overture indicates that Mr. Bloomberg is worried about who will hold the reigns after he leaves office, and that he does not see a proper successor from among the slew of declared mayoral candidates. “If in fact he did say that to Hillary Clinton, it’s only because he holds the position and therefore regards it as a step up from being president,” said Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic National Committee member and party fundraiser from New York.

    Mr. Bloomberg and Mrs. Clinton have maintained a warm relationship over the years. Mrs. Clinton’s term as a United States Senator overlapped with Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor for seven years and the two grew close during that time.

    The Mayor’s proposal to the former first lady is surprising given that he has quietly supported the likely candidacy of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who was instrumental in helping the Mayor earn a third term by amending the term-limits law, and who views herself as having managed the City in conjunction with Bloomberg.

    Spokesmen for both the Mayor and Mrs. Clinton declined to comment. Asked about the Mayor’s conversation with Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Quinn said, “Really? I don’t know anything about that.”

    Friends and colleagues of the Mayor say he is still unclear what he will do when his term ends on December 31, 2013 or how he will lead a “vibrant post-government life.”

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