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Bloomberg has decreed that now that he’s into his third term, it’s OK for New York City to revert to its original, two-term limitation for mayors:

New York City’s three-term mayor says he plans to cast his vote in favor of returning to a limit of two, consecutive, four-year terms.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he supports the recommendation of the City Charter Commission to return to two terms. 

“It’s not the bill that I wanted,” Bloomberg said. “It’s not the bill that I think the commission should have passed. It’s not the bill, I think, that most of the members of the commission wanted to pass. But it’s better than what we have now, and I committed that we would have that referendum, and I personally am going to vote for it.”

In 2008, Bloomberg persuaded the city council to extend term limits to a third term, so he could run again. He said he was needed to help the city through the financial crisis. A spokesman said Bloomberg only supported three terms for himself because the situation was extraordinary.

“When they changed term limits, I had said, it was changed legally by the city council, and that we would give the public another chance in a referendum to decide whether they want two or three,” Bloomberg said. “And now they can do that.”

Not for anything, but I think I’m the only one that finds this completely repulsive. 

Is it wrong to think that Mayor Bloomberg represents a lot of what’s wrong with our political system today?  Would he not have been able to “persuade” the City council to bend the law in order to allow him to serve a third term, if he wasn’t worth a couple of billion dollars?

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