When Michael Bloomberg was first elected, I didn’t mind him. He was kind of Republican Lite Dem turned Republican. But slowly I have grown to hate him. Many things added up to turn me against him–his calling us protesters “terrorists,” his persecution of Critical Mass, his trying to buy the election. But overall it was his dictatorial style. By contrast, I find Freddy Ferrer (who I have met a few times) friendly and willing to listen to people. He has a more grassroots approach and voters who he meets directly respond warmly to him.

What about Bloomberg? What is he like personally? I am sure I will never know because I am not rich enough for him to bother with. But, someone on myDD pointed out an interesting resource I had never heard of: The Portable Bloomberg. It has been reviewed by New York magazine, so it must be real. In it are Bloomberg’s views as CEO, in his own words.
What follows are some quotes I gleaned from articles that mention the book:

“I make it a rule never to go to Queens — and since that eliminates both airports I don’t travel a great deal.”–Michael Bloomberg

“How do you motivate someone? Simple. Are they addicted to three meals a day?”–Michael Bloomberg

“The Royal family — what a bunch of misfits — a gay, an architect, that horsey faced lesbian, and a kid who gave up Koo Stark for some fat broad.”–Michael Bloomberg

Gee, I wonder how people in Queens feel about  Bloomberg’s attitude towards their Borrough. His attitude towards people strikes me as being rather Dickensian and rather obnoxious.

Another example:

“The three biggest lies are: The check’s in the mail, I’ll respect you in the morning, and I’m glad that I’m Jewish.”–Michael Bloomberg

Gee. I am perfectly happy to be Jewish. According to Bloomberg, that must make me a liar.

And some more:

“If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.”–Michael Bloomberg

“I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site [and] doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one.”–Michael Bloomberg

So, how many women would like to vote for a man who views them this way?

Given the attention that Ferrer’s gaffes get, why don’t more people talk about Bloomberg’s obnoxious comments?

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