In his endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg, influential minister the Reverend Calvin Butts also offered kind words for his rival, "I think Bill Thompson is going to make a tremendous contribution to this city and I encourage him in the future. And I must say, that I think he'd be a fine mayor. But now I believe that the best mayor to take us over the next four years is Michael Bloomberg." Butts also endorsed Bloomberg in 2001 and 2005.