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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Peeved Republicans may deny Mike Bloomberg GOP line for third run
Saturday, January 17th 2009, 7:46 PM

Mayor Bloomberg appears to have his own Gang of Three problem.
Much like new state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's leadership post was held hostage for two months by three renegade lawmakers who refused to back him, Bloomberg's bid to land the Republican line for his re-election bid could be blocked by a trio of obstinate GOP county chairs.
Since the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent mayor ditched the GOP in June 2007 to prepare for a never-realized run for President, he now needs permission from three of the city's five GOP party chairs to run on the ballot line he had for his 2001 and 2005 campaigns.

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