December 23rd, 2008
09:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Former Clinton aide to advise Bloomberg re-election bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Wolfson was one of Hillary Clinton’s top advisors."](CNN) - Howard Wolfson, Hillary Clinton’s former communications director, will be a top strategist for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election effort.

Bloomberg, who was first elected as a Republican, is now a registered Independent.

"As a New Yorker, I am very excited at the prospect of helping the Mayor at this very critical time in our city's history," Wolfson wrote in an Tuesday e-mail. "It is quite clear to me that the mayor's strong record provides a compelling case for his reelection - and that he will provide the proven leadership we need to guide the city through the unprecedented fiscal challenges we face."

Wolfson, a former advisor to New York’s Democratic Party and a long-time Bloomberg critic, downplayed his earlier assessments of his boss as an “out-of-touch billionaire.”

“That was my evil twin,” he told NY1 Tuesday.

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  1. Daniel

    Well, he did such a good job in the primary, why not hire him?.... Haha. While I'm at it, I'd like to hire the Lions football coach.

    December 23, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Bs

    Give me a beak !
    the only thing he should advise is stopping Bloomberg from inceasing the fares on buses and subways.

    Let the impeachment begin !!

    December 23, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Joe the Drummer

    Ahh an independant What happened to the good old Republican brand? could it be that everyone now has the Republican party pegged as a lets give big business everything they want and to hell with average folks party.

    December 23, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Ron of Baltimore

    Let the guy have a job, will you? What's wrong with people these days?

    He was always articulate, concise, and honest. Bloomberg, and NYC, could do a whole lot worse.

    December 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If there's anyone more contemptible than HRC, it's Bloomberg. They're both arrogant statists who have nothing but contempt for the rights of individuals. Their common guiding philosophy seems to be "Government uber alles!"

    December 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Aaron, Chicago

    This guy really is a slimeball. Looks like New York is about to join Chicago in corrupt politics.

    December 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Given Wolfson's record, it's clear this is some arrangement by the democrats to prevent Bloomberg's re-election!

    December 23, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Donald

    Sounds like this skunk is looking at $$$ signs. Bloomberg is the wealthiest individual in New York so why shouldn't this jerk get his palms greased.

    December 23, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Dee in the Texas

    Isn't this the same guy that started many of the false Obama rumors during the primary? If it is, I hope for Bloomberg's sake, he keeps him on a tight leash.

    December 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. HAH

    Yeah, if Wolfson does as good a job with Bloomberg as he did with Clinton, Bloomberg might almost win. Seriously, what's Bloomberg thinking?

    December 23, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Give Me A Break!

    His only loyalty is to in "Dollar Bill."

    December 23, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. SR

    Sounds like another Lieberman, LOSER !!!

    December 23, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Joe the Plumber

    Doesn't anybody care what I think about this?

    December 23, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Pier Giacalone

    Bloomberg has deftly implemented his vision of a NYC for the rich where there is just enough public housing for their servants with nothing in between.

    Of course, at least he advanced this agenda competently. Real New Yorkers lose either way. Incompetent liberals or a lead-pipe "independent".

    Funny, Bloomberg started riding the subway to work as a sign of solidarity with the people, but pretty soon he'll be the only one who can afford it anyway.

    December 23, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Wilson Jefferson

    So whats new ? Like all Politicians looking out for themselves instead of others and the country. Duh.

    December 23, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. G

    Like any of these aids are really looking out for the candidates interest its always has and will always be about then and how they get ahead. Did the mayor forget what a horrible job he did last time? Got beat by a rookie lol.

    December 23, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. New Yorker

    Isn't it refreshing when someone finally sees the light? Still waiting for all of the Bush haters to realize the truth about him and counter their "evil twins" Meh, I don't expect you to post this CNN. Oh, wait, it is possible.

    December 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. get real dude

    Oh No!!!!! Say It Ain't So!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. peit de pueblo 2112

    he has a sense of humor? although the evil twin ting would have worked better if he wore a fake goatee. either way, shows that money tawks in NYC

    December 23, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. I receive SSI

    Wow he did such a great job in the primary I can see why he would be in such demand. This just goes to show that Republicans are idiots.

    December 23, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Sue

    I hope the "evil twin" defense doesn't catch on..I can hear Bush and Cheney now...

    December 23, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. lf

    He has seen the light in the Tunnel and at the end of the tunnel, so he has excellent vision, open-mindedness, and alertness to recognize the difference, and CHANGE is all around, so all the more power to him.

    He is not "jumping ship" as said–but recognizing where the appropriate direction is for all concerned. He'll perhaps bloom into a greater maturity with Mayor Bloomberg, not from a small Berg but from the 'Big Apple' in real style!

    Observe this sharp progressive individual in the days ahead and take special note–He is moving and getting things done!!

    December 23, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. al

    It shows that this guy can be bought, and has low personal morale. It also shows that, in a big tree, there are boundto be some rotten branches.

    December 23, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Marc PTD

    "That was my evil twin".... "I'm the twin that can be bought"...

    December 23, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. Independent Thinker

    Bloomberg is pretty liberal anyways, not such a big shocker.

    December 23, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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