Yes, political parties do serve a function, Michael Bloomberg told reporters today, one day after meeting with the Republican county chairman who’ll decide whether to allow him to run for reelection on the party’s line.
“New York City tends to be a non-partisan town,” Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, said when asked by a reporter if political parties matter to voters. “They still provide a function, parties, but the answer to your question is, I think they are less important to most people than they were in the past.”
Bloomberg was speaking at a press conference in midtown about changing traffic patterns along Broadway. Yesterday, Bloomberg met with Republican county chairman to seek their approval to run for reelection on their party’s line. Since he’s not a registered member of their party, he needs permission from three of the city’s five Republican county chairmen.
Bloomberg also denied reports that he told the chairmen he supported John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, but did speak positively about McCain’s service to America.
Bloomberg said he will be supporting Democratic Governor David Paterson for reelection.
UPDATE: Here’s video and a transcript of Bloomberg’s comments.