In an interview on “Inside City Hall” Friday night, Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey promoted the idea of an Obama-Bloomberg presidential ticket — and revealed that Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke Thursday with the Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama.
"Certainly you could joke that Obama's call was a fundraising call yesterday," Sheekey told political anchor Dominic Carter. “The man [Bloomberg] has the ability to finance a campaign. I don't think that’s why you choose a vice president. I do think that people are going to be very concerned about the influence of special-interest money in this campaign going forward,” Sheekey said.
“I think it was a reasonably short call, you know, I was briefed. I was told they had a nice call and I spoke to the mayor after they had breakfast a few months ago. Back to Obama -- you were the one asking about an Obama ticket. I think the mayor is the ultimate swing voter. He is someone who the country is looking at to find out where they will go. He is one of the true independents in the country,” said Sheekey, who pointedly did not rule out the mayor as Obama’s running mate.
The news comes a day after the mayor wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times
saying that he is not running for president of the United States.
Following the Op-Ed, the attention turned to who, if anyone, he would endorse for the presidency. He has said that he is looking for a candidate who can offer "independent leadership."