How Wolfson Used to Explain Bloomberg’s Spending

Michael Bloomberg’s critics are hoping to make an issue out of his record campaign spending—now at $18.67 million. Among those used to be Howard Wolfson, who, as a reader reminds me, co-wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in 2005, saying the mayor’s campaign spending “was critical to his victory” and that it “distorts the terms of the debate.”
I emailed Wolfson, now a Bloomberg campaign spokesman, to ask if the criticism he had four years ago still applies. Wolfson wrote back, “I’m flattered that our opponents are still taking the time to read our oped. We wrote in 2005 about the importance of ideas in mayoral elections, stating “ideas matter more” and I believe that just as strongly today, which is the reason I’m working for the candidate in the race with the best ideas for New York City—Mike Bloomberg.

How Wolfson Used to Explain Bloomberg’s Spending