Shhh: Romney, Bloomberg Hold ‘Secret’ Breakfast Meeting

Posted by on May 01, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Good thing it’s a secret. Anyone on the right still leery about Mitt Romney may wonder why he’s courting the support of this tiny tyrant.

Mitt Romney is quietly courting New York mayors past and present while campaigning in Manhattan Tuesday.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee had a private breakfast with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday morning at the the headquarters of the billionaire mayor’s philanthropic foundation. Romney’s campaign did not inform the press that the meeting would occur, although later confirmed that the men had met.

Later Tuesday, Romney is set to hold a campaign event with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to multiple media reports. Giuliani endorsed Romney’s campaign late last month, saying the former governor had “proven he’s the most effective Republican.”

According to two people with knowledge of the Bloomberg meeting, cited by the New York Times, the pair discussed the economy, immigration, education and gun control over coffee and juice.

Bloomberg’s a duplicitous gun control  nut who Romney should distance himself from. Courting his support will only hurt.

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15 Responses to “Shhh: Romney, Bloomberg Hold ‘Secret’ Breakfast Meeting”

  1. J. Knight on 1/01/12 at 2:18 pm

    One wonders what Romney would seek to gain by participating in such a meeting. He has no chance to win New York, so cozying up to the little ‘tyrant’ is a lose-lose. I’m perplexed about the whole thing, and if he wants to lose my vote, he is well on the way. What a downer.

  2. Steve on 1/01/12 at 2:30 pm

    “Bloomberg’s a duplicitous gun control nut who Romney should distance himself from.”

    Giuliani is not much better.

  3. McGehee on 1/01/12 at 2:34 pm

    If Etch-A-Sketch still thinks he needs to worry more about winning the gooey middle than closing the deal with his own party’s base, I could see him doing this.

    And frankly, I don’t think it will ever occur to Mitzi that he needs to close the deal with his base. It’s not like conservatives helped him get elected governor of Massachusetts, after all. And if he can’t use that as a measure of how to win the presidency, what has he got?

  4. gullyborg on 1/01/12 at 2:52 pm

    Romney can take Bloomberg’s money without giving him a place in the administration. I don’t see this as an issue – yet. I will see it as an issue if suddenly Romney starts saying the US needs federal programs to limit junk food intake and a new constitutional amendment to keep guns only in the hands of the government. And we will see no such rhetoric, because Romney knows he will lose the election if he panders to a NYC liberal. So really, nothing to see here. Move along. For now.

  5. Zain on 1/01/12 at 2:55 pm

    And I was just starting to think that Romney might be an acceptable alternate to the present occupant of the WH. Maybe the Republicans need to go the way of the Whigs.

  6. ThomasD on 1/01/12 at 3:08 pm

    Does Romney actually think New York is in play? What Earthly reason could he have to be ‘courting’ current and former NYC mayors?

    This does not bode well. Anyone want to start calling the date when Romney starts talking about the need to avoid ‘austerity?’ Which will be the signal to Wall Street that NOTHING is going to change under his watch; that crony, heads-you-win-tails-we-bail-you-out, capitalism will remain in force.

    More importantly, will all the RUBES who supported this Taxachussets RINO, finally realize what a disaster they’ve foisted upon those of us who actually want limited government and fiscal sanity?

  7. Blue Hen on 1/01/12 at 3:22 pm

    If this will help him with independents and the center while obama is pandering to his base, then good. Otherwise…….

  8. Bradley Simmons on 1/01/12 at 3:42 pm

    I wouldn’t get worked up about this, do you really think Romney has any interest in making the federal case for Bloomberg’s ridiculous pet issues?

    What’s far more likely is Bloomberg carries a lot of weight with the financial titans in NYC, his support for Romney could mean a whole lot of money comes to Romney instead of Obama, even if the state is reliably blue.

  9. tim maguire on 1/01/12 at 4:10 pm

    I think Prof. Clark’s comment on Instapundit makes a lot of sense. With Guliani, they announce the event ahead of time. With Bloomberg, they admit it happened afterward. I think Romney has to at least give the time of day to the “Republican” mayor of NYC. Hopefully not much more.

  10. Warlord on 1/01/12 at 5:08 pm

    Who’s handling this fool? Between the mayor and the Islam Incompetent Christie Mitt is showing he hangs with idiots,
    and admires the same. How about hanging with John Bolton,
    or some young turk from the Tea Party? How about looking
    like a serious candidate before we decide that we have to
    start a third party before November.

  11. Michael Becker on 1/01/12 at 5:24 pm

    What’s the big deal? Of course Bloomberg should have a spot in Romney’s administration.

    U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen or any central African s***hole would be great. Send him somewhere he can appreciate the 2nd Amendment.

  12. dave on 1/01/12 at 7:38 pm

    Guys, take a breath. He is trying to neutralized mini-moneybags. He does not want BB throwing money into a left leaning PAC. He does not want Bloomberg wading in and pushing independents to Obama. Meeting with the Nanny State Bully is smart politics. If Bloomberg is offended he would think nothing of spending 500m to teach Romney a lesson. We do not need that. Keep your friends close, enemies closer…

  13. forrest on 2/02/12 at 1:36 am

    This only confirms why Romney (like McCain in ’08’) was my last choice. Will I vote for him? Well, I’d vote for Pee Wee Herman over the 0 in this election.