15 Sep 2010

Independent Centrist Bloomberg Endorses, & will Campaign for, Lincoln Chaffee

Michael Bloomberg has sure been getting around lately. has The centrist independent mayor from New York City endorsed several candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, and now he’s throwing his support behind Rhode Island independent candidate for Governor, Lincoln Chaffee.

Both Bloomberg and Chaffee dropped out of the Republican party in 2007, stating that it had moved too far to the right for them to feel comfortable staying there any longer. One can only hope that more centrists, like perhaps moderate Republican Mike Castle or moderate Democrat Evan Bayh, will make similar moves in coming years, as both parties push out their remaining moderate members in one way or another.

Bloomberg had to say this,when talking about some of his recent endorsements:

“Since I’ve been one of everything in my career at one time or another, I don’t think that party matters,” he said in that interview. “What you want are people who are independent in their views. That they don’t listen to the party bosses. That they listen to the issues. They’re smart enough to analyze it.”

As is often the case, I couldn’t agree with him more. Hopefully we’ll see more of this in coming years.

Found via the Independent Political Report.

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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