Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Albany Republicans say Mayor Bloomberg driving them crazy with 'do-or-die' crusades  

GOPer complains: “It’s always, ‘This is so important to me. It’s personal to me.’ It’s almost like it’s about him and not the people”

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A Republican groused about behind-the-scenes pressure from Mayor Bloomberg to get his favorite bills passed. 'Everything with him is do-or-die,' the senator said. 'Gay marriage was do-or-die to him. Last In First Out was do-or-die. Teacher evaluations were do-or-die.'

ALBANY — Mayor Bloomberg is their biggest donor, but state Senate Republicans may have finally had enough of their Daddy Warbucks.
GOPers were furious over what they viewed as heavy-handed lobbying by Bloomberg and his team as they tried last week to kill the governor’s union-favored compromise bill to limit the public release of teacher evaluations, insiders say.
“We’re sick of him,” one exasperated Republican senator groused to an insider, using a four-letter word to refer to the mayor.
A high-level senator didn’t deny growing GOP anger toward the billionaire mayor.
“It got a little aggravating,” the senator said. “The mayor made a lot of nasty calls.”
The dismayed Republican said Bloomberg — who has given $2.25 million to the Senate GOP and its candidates since 2002 — is turning even his supporters off with his behind-the-scenes maneuvers.
“Everything with him is do-or-die,” the senator said. “Gay marriage was do-or-die to him. Last In First Out was do-or-die. Teacher evaluations were do-or-die.”
“It’s always, ‘This is so important to me. It’s personal to me.’ It’s almost like it’s about him and not the people.”
Bloomberg and his former Albany lobbyist, Micah Lasher, aggressively worked the phones before last Thursday’s vote, while top aide Howard Wolfson was dispatched to the Capitol to try and kill the bill — which released scores without names, giving both only to parents. The mayor wanted full public disclosure of each teacher’s name and score.
Bloomberg has long angered state legislative Democrats with what they see as an imperial, arrogant manner that reveals a disdain for having to come hat-in-hand to a body he does not respect.
“The Bloomberg people have never really got the knack of lobbying in Albany,” a source close to the GOP said. “If you throw a hissy fit, it makes (legislative leaders) and the governor less inclined to do something for you.”
The high-level GOP senator added: “We’ve had a good relationship with the mayor. He’s got a year left and I’m sure there’s things we’ll work together on. But he has to understand our conference only has a couple of members from the city of New York.”
“I don’t represent New York City,” the senator added. “I don’t think they always realize that. The teacher evaluation vote was a good vote for me in my district.”
Sen. Martin Golden, one of two Republican senators representing the city, downplayed the tensions as typical for the end of a legislative session. He said he doesn’t expect them to linger.
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