For G.O.P. Chairmen, Pressure From Both Sides

Whether or not Republican county leaders vote to allow Michael Bloomberg to run in their party’s primary, Tom Ognibene said they “may have a tough time sustaining the decision one way or the other.”
If they block the mayor, “I think the pressure would come from state Republicans who really need financing from the mayor and who feel the mayor plays a significant role in the financial support of the party,” said Ognibene, the former City Council Republican Leader and the mayor’s unsuccessful Republican challenger in 2005.
Ognibene was speaking in a brief telephone interview before Bloomberg’s meeting this morning with Republican county leaders on East 83rd Street.

For G.O.P. Chairmen, Pressure From Both Sides