Michael Bloomberg is seeking to run for reelection on the Republican Party line in New York City. But while the G.O.P dawdles, members of the Independence Party are ready to endorse the mayor despite their anger over his attempt to install an ally as the party’s chairman last year. This ought to be an object lesson for Republicans, who still hold a grudge against Mr. Bloomberg for opting out of the party. Get over the grudge and talk to the man.
Mike Bloomberg has a stellar record and would be an asset to any political party. He transcends ideological lines and has governed the city with intelligence and independence. The Republican county leaders should recognize that Bloomberg offers them an opportunity to strengthen their party—rather than to let it become a bunch of increasingly small enclaves in each of the five boroughs.
The Republicans would be wise to help Mr. Bloomberg and then recruit a young cadre of Republicans who can harness the votes of new immigrants and groups who have been systematically ignored by the Democratic Party, like newcomers from Asia, India, South America and Eastern Europe. And Mr. Bloomberg could help young Republicans get a leg up on their political career, whether through appointive positions or by helping them run for local offices.
The Republicans have one valuable asset: a political line to run on in general elections. Bloomberg deserves to be their nominee; he could attract voters to a party that has been in decline at the local level for decades.