Exclusive: Dean for Mayor

Add a name to that long, sweet list of Democrats who thought for a minute or two about running against Mike Bloomberg — Bob Kerrey, Jerry Nadler, perhaps Bill Clinton:

Howard Dean.

The Politicker has learned that after last November’s election, when Dean was thinking about his future and about the future of Democracy for America, and before it had become clear that the Democratic National Committee chairmanship was his for the taking, he spoke to associates about running for Mayor of New York.

There’s a certain logic to his flirtation: He did, after all, grow up here — Park Avenue, Browning, off to boarding school and Yale, then back to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. And remember all those Dean for America bumper stickers around here last year?

And how much fun would that have been?