Tusk: ‘This Is What Is So Great About Being an Independent’

On display last night were the limits of how far Michael Bloomberg will go to court Democrats during his re-election. It’s not insignificant, considering how much partisan labels still count (in polls, anyway).

When asked if Pedro Espada had been a better majority leader than his predecessor, Joe Bruno, a Republican, Bloomberg said no.

Asked whether Barack Obama had done enough on LBGT issues while president, Bloomberg again said no.

To both questions, Bill Thompson, said yes.

In the spin room, Bloomberg campaign manager Bradley Tusk made the most of it, saying, “This is what is so great about being an independent.” You can pick and choose when to agree with people rather than defend them even when they’re wrong.

Later, Tusk said Thompson “presumably would be modeling his administration on Espada’s record and actions.”