New York City Mayor bolts Republican Party.
New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has bolted from the Republican Party and declared himself an Independent. In announcing his desire to become "unaffiliated" with either political party, Bloomberg stated that "[w]e're here not to represent parties. We're here to represent the people and that's what we have to do every single day and that's the way we get judged."
While the state GOP "poo-poo"ed his decision, Donna Brazile, a Democratic political strategist who managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, called it "a wakeup call to our two-party system that there is another player in town."
Ms. Brazile is, of course referring to speculations that Mr. Bloomberg plans to run for President as an Independent. And being "unaffiliated" will allow him to run petition drives in all the 50 states. With Bloomberg's personal fortunes conservatively estimated at more than $5 Billion, he has the resources to run a very competitive (if not winning) campaign.
Moreover, I suspect, Bloomberg may not be the only one to jump the GOP ship. His good friend, California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, comes to mind. And so do others disgusted with the GOP.