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Mayor Bloomberg Picks a President

Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) spoke in 2008 before paying respects at the site of the former twin towers in New York
Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (left) spoke in 2008 before paying respects at the site of the former twin towers in New YorkPhotograph by Shannon Stapleton/EPA

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg—founder of this company, owner of this website, noted skeptic of both presidential candidates—has endorsed Barack Obama in the presidential race. As a reporter who’s been covering the race, I consider this a mild surprise. (As a Bloomberg staffer, I also considered it a mild surprise. I didn’t get any advance warning because editorial operations are strictly separate from the views of the owner.) But in op-ed announcing the endorsement, Bloomberg makes perfectly clear that what prompted him to act is climate change:

The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast—in lost lives, lost homes and lost business—brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.