2008_04_paterbloomb.jpgEveryone's favorite potential candidate for something, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, tried to quiet rumors of more years in public office by telling reporters, "One of the things I would love to do is spend some time traveling the state. There are some wonderful places all through the state. I used to be a Boy Scout. I used to really spend a lot of time outdoors. I'd love to do that again, but not as a candidate, and not as governor. I'd like to do it as a tourist."

Of course, Bloomberg tried to be even more explicit about those third term rumors: "The truth of the matter is, I’ve said a number of times I favor term limits and I’m looking forward to being mayor on December 31, ’09, and then doing something else...I’m not seeking a third term."

He said he'd probably work in philanthropy, giving $225 million away each year. Which sounds like a great post-mayoral thing to do--he does have billions to spend. But he's trying hard to show he's not a lame duck - he was in DC today to discuss illegals guns in front of Congress, chat with Nancy Pelosi, and announce a health information technology roadmap with the New Democrat Coalition.