(CNN) – The man who once courted Hillary Clinton to be his successor won't be making any endorsements in the coming election, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's deputy confirmed via Twitter Friday morning.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson tweeted Friday that Bloomberg "will not be making an endorsement in Mayor's race. Will focus on governing and transition," he wrote.
As first reported by Talking Points Memo, in a separate tweet Wolfson responded to a tweet by New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro that quoted Bloomberg on the John Gambling radio show as saying "I decided am not going to make an endorsement in the race."
Barbaro went on to write, "Primary or general? Unclear."
To that tweet, Wolfson said "both."
@MikeBloomberg announces he will not be making an endorsement in Mayor's race. Will focus on governing and transition.
— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) September 13, 2013
On air, Bloomberg told Gambling: "I have two goals for the next 109 days," he said. The three-term mayor famously has a countdown clock at Gracie Mansion ticking away his time in office.
"The first is to continue the services that New Yorkers expect from their government," Bloomberg went on to say. "The second is to make sure that we have a world-class transition."
"I don't want to do anything that complicates it for the next mayor and that's one of the reasons I've decided I'm just not going to make an endorsement in the race. I've never been a partisan guy," Bloomberg said. "I was a Democrat, ran as a Republican, ran as an independent."
Tuesday's primary radically altered the landscape of candidates seeking to fill every city-wide office in New York. Every position from the city council to the mayor's office will be up for election.
Bloomberg is prohibited from running again by term limits and has remained vague about his plans after he leaves office, although the multibillionaire founder of Bloomberg Media has said he will not be returning to the company that bears his name. In addition to running New York City, Bloomberg has gained national prominence as a major supporter of gun control, spending $300,000 in a failed effort to keep two Colorado lawmakers from losing a recall election for their support of state background checks and magazine capacity limits.
As for the individuals eyeing Bloomberg's job, the candidates have been whittled down to two with an important hanger-on.
The former chairman of New York's transit authority and deputy mayor to Rudy Giuliani, Joe Lhota, outright won the Republican primary.
On the Democratic side, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has so far counted a little over 40 percent of the primary vote, seemingly enough to avoid a runoff with the second place candidate, former Comptroller William Thompson.
Thompson, however, has vowed to stay in the race. Until all the votes are counted, which won't happen until at least next week, no winner can be certified, with a 40 percent plurality necessary to avoid a runoff.
Despite his vow not to give any direct endorsement, Bloomberg has not exactly stayed out of the fray. He supported Lhota during the latter's time running the transit authority. More importantly, Bloomberg has had choice words for de Blasio, whom he accused last week of running a "racist" campaign based on the liberal Democrat's "two cities" campaign narrative of a New York divided.
In the past, Bloomberg has been far from mum on the bid to replace him. Much of the early campaign narrative was of his all-but-open endorsement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who finished third on Tuesday. Bloomberg also once tried to draw in a few handpicked candidates to replace him, including an invitation last year to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for New York City mayor.