A few hours after it became public that Michael Bloomberg hired Howard Wolfson to work in City Hall, the mayor uttered something we’ve heard before.
“I have no plans to run for president of the United States, in 2012, or 2016, or 20-anything,” Bloomberg said.
The denial about not wanting to run for president came in response to a question from an AP reporter who asked the mayor if he lured Wolfson, a notoriously aggressive campaign tactician, into a government job with designs on a 2012 presidential run.
Bloomberg, speaking at a press conference this afternoon in City Hall, said, “I can’t believe you’d even ask me,” Bloomberg said, which illicited some laughter from the reporters in the room.
According to my audio recording, the AP reporter, Sara Kugler, prefaced her question by saying, “I can’t believe I’m even asking this.”
Bloomberg said there was no “political” reason for hiring Wolfson, and in fact, there wasn’t even an effort to recruit him.
Bloomberg said according to his recollection, “He said would there be a possibility of him joining the administration.”