It appears Mayor Bloomberg will not be bequeathing the mayorship to Bill de Blasio on an ornate silver platter masked as a Joe Lhota endorsement: he announced today that he will not be endorsing a candidate in the general election.
On his weekly radio show this morning, Bloomberg said he was "not a a partisan guy," and that he plans to "leave the campaigning to the campaigners." And so, he will not be publicly choosing one candidate over another, leaving us alone to fruitlessly wonder which mayoral wannabe Bloomberg dreams of handing over his reign (hint: it's probably not de Blasio).
Naturally, one might suspect Bloomberg's professed silence is really an effort to prevent effectively dooming his preferred candidate. Lest we forget, last week's New York interview with the mayor—in which he called de Blasio's campaign "class warfare" and "racist"—certainly didn't hurt de Blasio in the primary election, and his lauding of Christine Quinn likely contributed to her campaign's complete decline. At this point, a formal endorsement from Bloomberg seems like a vicious black widow spider bite akin to having Sydney Leathers crash your "victory" party.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg says his job "is to govern, and help the next guy," so he plans to spend the next few months doing whatever he can to prepare for the new administration's January 1 start. "It’s really important to the next mayor that they have the tools. They’ve got to know where everything is, and what status it’s in, which buttons to push, how to keep it going, particularly at the beginning as they form a team,” Bloomberg said. “Helping the next mayor get prepared for the job so he can hit the ground running is really one of the most important things I can do for New Yorkers after November.” He might want to start off by getting a bigger podium.