The Mayor in the Eye

Before Sandy, Michael Bloomberg was preparing for his future. But in a way, the storm is his future.

  1. The sun was shining, the breeze was mild. It was a beautiful Friday afternoon three weeks ago inside Carl Schurz Park, where two of ­Michael Bloomberg’s top political lieutenants waited for the mayor to arrive. They were killing time chatting about the glories of the New York City Marathon. Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor and political strategist, had run the race twice, but injuries forced him to quit short of the finish line both times; Wolfson was mulling whether to take another shot at the full 26.2 miles in nine days. Bill Knapp, one of the country’s elite campaign consultants, grew up in the city but has long lived in Washington and hadn’t attended the marathon in years. Wolfson described what a grand, unifying, multicultural event the run had become—the best day, he believed, in the city every year.

    Up walked the mayor, a smile on his face. Nine days before, Bloomberg had announced the creation of his very own ­super-PAC, with plans to spend up to $15 million to influence electi...

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Originally published in New York, November 2012

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