12 March 2009

Bloomberg Denies His Wealth Is Intimidating to Challengers.

Posted: Thursday, 12 March 2009 12:28PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he doesn't believe his wealth is causing potential challengers to shy away from running for mayor this year.

A leading Democratic contender, Rep. Anthony Weiner, has signaled he might opt out of the race. Bloomberg was asked Thursday if his ability to spend without limit is affecting the field of contenders.

The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent mayor said there are still at least two Democrats running in the primary. In left-leaning New York City, however, there are typically four or five.

Bloomberg defended his wealth. He says no one is precluded from running for public office for being too rich, too educated or too attractive.


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