Bloomberg Not Squeaky Clean

It seems that Michael Bloomberg may have a few skeletons he needs to deal with in advance of launching a 2008 independent bid for the White House.

From the Chicago Sun Times...

Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks his mind, and that is a big part of his cachet here. But new details from a sexual harassment lawsuit he settled in 2000 and other racy comments show how his blunt style could prove a liability if he runs for president as an independent.

Before his election as mayor in 2001, Bloomberg was the target of a sexual harassment suit by a female executive who accused him of making raunchy sexual comments while he was chief executive of his financial company, Bloomberg LP.

Among the allegations:

• Bloomberg asked the woman who sued if she was giving her boyfriend ‘’good’’ oral sex.

• He said ‘’I’d like to do that’’ and ‘’That’s a great piece of a—’’ to describe women in the office.

• When he found out the woman was pregnant, he told her ‘’Kill it!’’

Bloomberg denied the accusations. Both sides were barred from commenting. Stu Loeser, the mayor’s spokesman, said Friday he had no comment.

The suit was an annoyance for Bloomberg in the 2001 mayoral race; it was not an issue in his 2005 re-election. But it remains largely unknown to the rest of the nation and could be re-examined if the media mogul undertakes a third-party, self-financed presidential campaign in 2008.

6 Responses to “Bloomberg Not Squeaky Clean”

  1. matt Says:

    I’ll rewrite the headline for free:

    Bloomberg talked dirty to employees, is still irrelevant.

  2. Jay Matthews Says:

    Or as it would appear in the NY Post:

    “Bloomie Gets Naughty”

  3. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I’m not sure how irrelevant he’s going to be once he announces his campaign. He may wind up being the most relevant of any independent candidate in any of our lifetime’s.

  4. Brian Says:

    Anyone who has a billion dollars to spend on an election bid is relevant.

  5. matt Says:

    The center is clogged, and unless he spends part of his billions bribing the present centrist frontrunners to drop out of the race, his ideas will get precious little traction.

  6. G.E. Smith the Capitalist Dove Says:

    You’re wrong, matt. Poll after poll shows that Americans want a viable third choice. They don’t want it from the fringes. They want it from the center. And although Bloomberg has a lot of very bad ideas, he is still going to be better than the two major party nominees. In fact, I would rate him a distant #3 behind Ron Paul and Bill Richardson even if he weren’t an independent.

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