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Bloomberg Critical Of Spitzer's Driver's License Plan

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in the nation's capital Thursday pushing his agenda, but it was his criticism of Governor Eliot Spitzer's proposal to give drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants that drew the most attention.

“The governor's first proposal I thought was inappropriate and should not have been enacted,” said Bloomberg during an appearance on CNN. “I told him so privately, which is the way I should deal with him. His second proposal of three different kinds of licenses is a step in the right direction, but I still don't think it's where we should be. We should make sure, particularly when it comes to guns, that you can only use a secure driver’s license to buy guns.”

Guns were the motivation behind Bloomberg's campaign appearance earlier in the day in northern Virginia.

“I support candidates who don’t let ideology get in the way of common sense thinking,” said the mayor.

Bloomberg got involved in a small State Senate race in Virginia, hoping his political independence and fight against illegal guns makes him an attractive ally for candidate, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis.

Then it was a sort of like happy hour at a reception at New York City's Washington, D.C. office, which the mayor remodeled much like his bullpen in the Big Apple.

“I've worked in a bullpen all my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a private office,” said Bloomberg. “It’s the only way to go.”

After taking at a dig at the governor in his interview on CNN, the mayor ended his day speaking to a conservation group before jetting off to the West Coast. He finishes his week in Seattle at a national mayor’s conference.

It's all official business and business which bolsters his name and agenda.

- Sandra Endo
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