Bloomberg + Palin (Daily News finally gets the photos)

Why can’t the Republican party run Republicans in New York?

In 2007 (after the “Republican” Michael Bloomberg turned independent), Bloomberg was unofficially testing the waters for a presidential run. One national leader that Bloomberg met was a govenor of Alaska named Sarah Palin.

From Sunday’s New York Daily News:

Mayor Bloomberg hid plenty from New York citizens while campaigning for third term
Adam Lisberg
Sunday, November 22nd 2009, 10:07 AM
The picture – and six others – was shot Oct. 10, 2007, when the then-governor of Alaska was on a visit to New York.

Bloomberg hosts visiting pols all the time for short meet-and-greets, and nobody knew at the time that, a year later, Palin would become a controversial Republican icon.

The photos might have been inconvenient for Bloomberg while he was running against Democrat Bill Thompson in a heavily Democratic city, but they belong to the taxpayers.

The Daily News asked for copies of the photographs July 8. Under the state Freedom of Information Law, Bloomberg’s lawyer Anthony Crowell had to respond within five days.

He handed them over two weeks after the election.

“There is simply no good reason for delaying disclosure,” said the state’s top public records watchdog, Robert Freeman, of the Committee on Open Government. “Embarrassment is not one of the grounds.”

The Daily News blog “Daily Politics” by Elizabeth Benjamin has more on the “The Bloomberg-Palin Show” photos:

As he reported yesterday, Lisberg requested the shots through a July 8 Freedom of Information Law request that wasn’t filled until two weeks after the Nov. 3 election was safely past and the mayor had defeated Comptroller Bill Thompson by less than 5 percentage points.

Remember how everyone across the entire country was up in arms how Republicans could back a RINO like Dede Scozzafava?

Bloomberg is not even a RINO! He left the party! He’s embarrassed to be seen with a popular Republican! He lied to the public and overturned term limits to get an illegal third term.

The Republicans endorsed him anyway.

What did we get for that so far?

How about a sweetheart $10 billion union deal, announced after the election?

How about a hearty welcome for the terrorist trials?

BTW, looking at the photos: Bloomberg doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable hangin’ around with Palin. He seems to be flirting with her!