The executive committees of the 5 county committees of the New York City Independence Party will meet with Michael Bloomberg on Sunday before making an official decision about whether to endorse the mayor for a third run for the office. Bloomberg, an independent, would like to run on the IP line this year, but he needs the nod from at least 3 of the 5 county committees. City activists -- and not the State Chair -- will make the final decision, a requirement upheld by the NY Court of Appeals after 3 years of court battles (20 lawsuits) to engage harrassment tactics by the Albany faction of the party against NYC county grassroots organizing.
- N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg to get minor party's backing (Reuters)
- Indy Line Won't Come Cheap (Elizabeth Benjamin, NY Daily News/Daily Politics)
- IP to hear Bloomberg, make mayoral endorsement (Posted by Tom Wrobleski, Staten Island Advance)
- Bloomberg On Tap To Get Indy Nod Sunday (Elizabeth Benjamin, NY Daily News/Daily Politics)
Independence Party leaders and strategists Fred Newman and Jackie Salit met with Bloomberg mid-March to discuss the terms of a possible partnership.