Bloomberg on the Seabrook Exception

Here’s a clip from yesterday’s press conference, where Christine Quinn
and Michael Bloomberg declared that public matching funds for campaigns shouldn’t
go to candidates that don’t have competitive elections.

Despite the fact that he has always been a self-financed candidate, it’s an issue with which Bloomberg is familiar.

Two years ago, he was dragged into a City Council race in the Bronx when eventual winner Larry Seabrook asked for matching funds based on Bloomberg’s alleged support for a opponent.

The rest is history: Seabrook got his matching funds. His opponent, George Rubin, raised $0.

Here, for the sake of posterity, is Seabrook’s explanation.

Bloomberg on the Seabrook Exception