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The Call Blog: Mayor Bloomberg Will Not Endorse A Mayoral Candidate; Vote Recount Begins

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It's no surprise Mayor Bloomberg isn't endorsing a candidate, being that his candidate of choice is not in the running. Either way, it just wouldn't have helped. With the whole anti-Bloomberg sentiment the campaigns have been running, it would have been the equivalent of Bush endorsing McCain - it might help the other guy.



The Board of Elections started to conduct a recount today of more than 5,000 voting machines, a standard process to validate the votes from Tuesday's primary. Meanwhile, the counting of more than 78,000 paper ballots begins Monday to determine if a runoff is needed in the Democratic mayoral race. Bill de Blasio is currently above the 40 percent threshold to avoid a runoff, but Bill Thompson will not drop out of the race. Thompson said today, "As a democracy, our top priority must be that every vote be counted."

Also today, Mayor Bloomberg announced he will not endorse a candidate in this year's race for City Hall. On his weekly radio show, Bloomberg said he didn't "want to do anything that complicates it for the next mayor." Political insiders long expected Bloomberg to endorse City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's bid for mayor, but she finished a distant third in the primary.

What's your reaction to Mayor Bloomberg deciding not to endorse any mayoral candidates? Who benefits and who loses as a result of Bloomberg's power and money staying on the sidelines? Should the voting process be changed so there isn't a week-long delay in tabulating votes?

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It is helpful to all candidates if Bloomy doesn't endorse them. No candidate wi do well if Bloomy is even remotely connected to him or her.

Jessica
Arden Heights



The first question is what do these people do that run The Board Of Elections throughout
the year. They have problems year after year. Why are these votes not being counted
until Monday? They know how many there are and the count being 78,000 paper ballots.
If they are in charge and knew the amount why not get started.

Bill Thompson has every right to wait for the complete count to be tallied and then and
only then we will know if there will be a runoff.

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SHOULD JUST MIND HIS OWN BUSINESS = THE CULPRIT TO ME
IS BLOOMBERG HIMSELF THAT COMPLICATES EVERYTHING IN HIS PATH = THAT’S JUST
TO BAD FOR HIM AND FOR HER THAT HE DIDN’T GET HIS IMAGINARY FOURTH 4TH
TERM. SHE WAS FOREWARNED AND WE ALL HAD TO LIVE WITH THIS CHARADE FOR
TO MANY YEARS = HE ALSO NEEDS TO STOP LOOKING FOR A LEGACY BECAUSE HE
HAS NONE = 12 YEARS LATER WE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS GROUND ZERO
THAT WAS A SHAM FROM THE BEGINNING BY THIS BLOOMBERG AND HIS CRONIES.
Bloomberg's endorsement was for one person and one person only and that was
Quinn = See how he can complicate things = He didn’t even wish anyone of them
running good luck = SOUR GRAPES FOR SURE!

Maxxiee
Morris Park


I don't think that any candidate would want Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement. That would be like the kiss of death to be sure...Ask Chris Quinn ok?

Yes, the voting system should be changed! If the Board of Elections would set a deadline a month before the primary for absentee ballots to be postmarked, then when the primary would be held there would only be the emergency ballots to be tallied ....ok. This system is letting the tail wag da dog!

Somebody needs to get a grip...really.

Kathy
Throggs Neck



Its a shame NYC has a population of 8 Million people and less than 1Million of them vote.

Of course all of the votes should be counted. They should have been counted on election night, at least by the next day.



It's clear from the election results that people are fed up with Bloomberg-Chavez. He should resign the position of Mayor as soon as the winner of the election is announced. The quicker he's out of office the quicker we can start restoring the city and undoing his destructive actions.

Joe
Port Richmond



His endorsement would be a bit of blessing/curse. He all but endorsed Quinn and look what happened to her. (She sold out her district long ago, though, and couldn't hold her base - hardly the endorsement's fault.)

Anni
Upper West Side



Let the votes be counted, Bloomberg already complicated matters by not renewing city contracts and puttung us in a position where taxes will be raised. Spending more than collecting is not smart business.

Roscoe
Park Hill



Of course Bloomberg should stay out of it.

If he did endorse anyone it would be the kiss of death.

Ray
Upper West Side



So what now we will have a fair race, may the best man win not the candidate with the most money.

PEDRO
BRONX



Bloomberg, no one cares if you endorse a candidate or not, De Blasio will be our next Mayor anyways.

Carmen
Bayside



Mayor Bloomberg's time has passed we just need new blood new leadership new ideas. I always felt he was out of touch because of his wealth. So many of my friends and family
have left New York it's scary.

Eric
Harlem



I worked last year as a poll inspector and quit -- a hideous experience. Our totally antiquated early 20th century voting system -- the subject of yet another show on The Call -- needs to be complete overhauled and reformed. Why do we have the primaries in Sept.? Because our state lawmakers don't want to work in June -- it's a fact. The whole Board of Elections is corrupt: NYS spent $95 million on the optical scanners that don't work -- who got that contract and why? Our federal govt. should overhaul every state's voting system, made it uniform across the country and become as high tech as all our current devices. If banks can run ATMs why can't we have a safe and easy vote like our banking system? Maybe Apple should take over.

Gretchen
Upper West Side



over 70,000 uncounted paper ballots in the 21st century is ridiculous.
resurrecting the old voting booths because the board of elections couldn't deal with a runoff is ridiculous. New Yorkers not knowing for so many days whether a runoff is actually necessary is ridiculous. Election chaos has been going on for years. I don't understand why the Board of elections can't get its act together. What goes on over there anyhow?

Meryl
Manhattan



Imagine if you will the arrogance of this man. To call a press conference to say that he is out of the race. Doesn’t that speak volumes?

What an ego. Bloomberg must vacate. The sooner the better.

Ben
Brooklyn Heights



Mayor Michael Bloomberg took chances and told us to grow up and be healthy. I know it does not sit well when eating healthy is mandated. We just have to get over how Mayor Bloomberg approached his issues but I can share this, we needed our butts in line. All of us. Moreover, how brilliant and useful is our 311?

I just won't pay attention to any one who cannot offer our city anything of value as Mike Bloomberg has. I would suggest to the new candidates to solve problems not create one to run a phoney race.



Bloomberg doesn't have to endorse Joe Lhota, anyone with a brain doesn't want to go back to the Dinkins' years, 3,000 murders, high taxes, no tourists, etc.. Vote for DeBlasio and you put New York and the path to becoming Detroit!!! Vote for Lhota and the prosperity of the Guliani and Bloomberg years continue.



Who cares about Bloomberg? He does. He only cares about himself and the richer getting richer. Can't wait until he's gone. Christine Quinn is out because of her backing his 3rd term. Then again all of these politicians make promises they don't keep.



THE POLL WORKERS AT IS 59 WERE THE MOST INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUALS I HAVE ENCOUNTERED. IT'S THE BD OF ELECTIONS THAT IS THE PROBLEM.

KATE
MIDTOWN EAST

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