CITY & STATE: WINNERS & LOSERS

Will New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg challenge President Donald Trump in 2020? What’s the fallout in Albany after the primaries? Who are the real winners and losers in the Empire State? We’re breaking it down.

Aired on September 17, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

> GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JACK FORD.

ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE TIMES OF LONDON, FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IS EYEING A RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2020.

DESPITE PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERING AS AN INDEPENDENT, WHEN HE PRESIDE OVER CITY HALL, HE DID SO AS A REPUBLICAN.

ARMED WITH AN ESTIMATED PERSONAL FORTUNE OF MORE THAN $50 BILLION, THE 76-YEAR-OLD WOULD NOT HAVE ANY ISSUE FINANCING THE CAMPAIGN IF HE DECIDES TO RUN.

THAT NEWS OVER THE WEEKEND WAS A BUSY WEEK IN NEW YORK POLITICS, WITH GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DEFEATING HIS CHALLENGER, CYNTHIA NIXON.

AND A WAVE OF YOUNG PROGRESSIVES SECURED VICTORIES, OUSTING MEMBERS OF THE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE, WHO HAD CAUCUSED WITH REPUBLICANS, AN ALLIANCE THAT CAUSED MUCH CONSTERNATION WITH MANY IN ALBANY.

WE'RE PLEASED TO WELCOME BACK JOHN LYNN TO 'METROFOCUS.'

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

ALWAYS SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT.

LET'S START WITH THE NOTION OF FORMER MAYOR BLOOMBERG RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

WE HEARD THIS BEFORE IN THE PAST.

IT'S BEEN FLOATED REGULARLY.

WE KNOW HE'S SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED IT IN THE PAST.

WHAT DO YOU SOUNDS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS?

MORE OF IT SOUNDS THE SAME.

2008, 2012, 2016, HE'S OPINION -- HE'S BEEN IN THE CONVERSATION.

OBVIOUSLY NEVER JUMPED IN.

AS YOU NOTED, AS A DEMOCRAT, COULD HE WIN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY?

COULD HE SUCCEED IN IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND SOME OF THESE STATES?

ESPECIALLY IN AN ERA WHERE NOT ONLY WITH TRUMP YOU HAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING RIGHT, BUT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY MOVING LEFT.

SO THAT'S A BIG QUESTION.

HOW ABOUT THE NOTION OF HIM SAYING LOOK, I WAS A REPUBLICAN, BUT I LOOK TO BE AN INDEPENDENT.

I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A CENTRIST.

CERTAINLY ON SOCIAL ISSUES.

DO YOU THINK THAT THE CLIMATE MIGHT BE BETTER FOR HIM NOW TO RUN THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

HARD TO SAY.

BUT AGAIN, YOU SEE INCREASING POLARIZATION RIGHT NOW.

YOU SEE BOTH PARTIES GOING TO THE EXTREMES.

MIGHT BE HARD TO GET THROUGH THE PRIMARIES.

I THINK THERE IS AN APPETITE BY SOME VOTERS FOR SOMEONE IN THE MIDDLE, AGAIN, AS A REACTION TO THAT POLARIZATION.

I DON'T KNOW IF YO CAN GET THERE.

HE'S ALSO 76, HE'S NOT A YOUNG MAN ANYMORE.

HE LOOKS GREAT, HE'S IN GOOD SHAPE.

BUT THAT'S A NUMBER THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH.

AND GUN RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENT, HE WAS REALLY STRONG WITH CORE DEMOCRATIC POSITIONS.

BUT ON THINGS LIKE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, SOME OTHER ISSUES, ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, A VERY BIG ISSUE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, HE'S NOT REALLY IN SYNC WITH A LOT OF DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS.

HOW SOON DO YOU THINK HE WOULD HAVE TO ACTUALLY PUT HIS FLAG IN THE GROUND AND SAY OKAY, I'M NOW A CANDIDATE?

I THINK HE CAN WAIT A LITTLE BIT LONGER.

YOU MENTIONED HIS WEALTH.

AND THAT MAKES HIM A BIT UNUSUAL.

AGAIN, HE'S DONE THIS BEFORE.

IT DOES MAKE HIM PART OF THE CONVERSATION AND GIVES HIM MORE INFLUENCE.

BUT WHETHER HE GETS IN, IT'S HARD TO SAY.

I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF HE JUST TALKS ABOUT IT FOR A WHILE AND OPTS NOT TO IN THE END.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR WEEKLY LIST OF WINNERS AND LOSER.

THE TOP ON THE LIST, GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO.

WHY AND HOW DOES IT POSITION HIM, DO YOU THINK, TO MOVE FORWARD?

SURE.

THURSDAY WAS THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES.

THE GOVERNOR DID HAVE A CHALLENGE FROM CYNTHIA NIXON.

SHE GOT OF VISIBILITY, HER ACTING CAREER, HER CELEBRITY.

HE WON HANDILY, CLOSE TO 2/3 OF THE VOTE.

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, THE GOVERNOR DID SAY DURING A DEBATE HE WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

HE WAS PRETTY DEFINITIVE.

HE WAS PUSHED TO BE VERY DEFINITIVE ABOUT IT.

WERE YOU SURPRISED?

I WAS SURPRISED BY THAT.

AMONG THE ALBANY PRESS CORPS, PEOPLE THOUGHT HE HARBORED AMBITIONS FOR PRESIDENT.

I SAY STAY TUNED LIKE THAT.

HE MIGHT BE THE MORE LIKELY NEW YORKER TO GET IN.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK, YOU MENTIONED THE IDC, ALEXANDER BIJIA, EXPLAIN WHY SHE'S A WINNER.

I THINK THAT WAS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF ELECTION NIGHT.

SHE BEAT JEFF KLEIN, A STATE SENATOR FROM THE BRONX.

HE HAD STARTED EIGHT YEARS AGO THE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE.

THIS WAS A BREAKAWAY GROUP THAT PARTNERED WITH REPUBLICANS.

IN THE YEAR OF TRUMP, YOU HAD A LOT OF DEMOCRATS AND PROGRESSIVES THAT WERE UNHAPPY AT THAT COOPERATION.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE IDC WAS DISBANDED, BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH.

SHE WAS SUCCESSFUL, KNOCKED OUT KLEIN, WHO IS A REAL INFLUENTIAL POWER BROKER IN ALBANY.

LETICIA JAMES.

ANOTHER BIG WINNER, THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE.

SHE WON A CROWDED PRIMARY FOR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

ACTUALLY DID PRETTY WELL, BETTER THAN THE POLLS SUGGESTED.

THERE'S SOME UNDECIDED VOTERS GOING INTO THE NIGHT.

IT WAS A HOTLY CONTESTED PRIMARY.

IT WAS, AND SHE'S GOING TO BE THE TOP PROSECUTOR IN THE STATE, AS LONG AS SHE WINS AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD, DO YOU THINK THAT MIGHT BE POSITIONING HER FOR A RUN AS MAYOR?

I WOULD SAY MORE LIKELY IT'S BEEN A SPRINGBOARD TO GOVERNOR POSITION.

THAT WOULD BE HISTORIC FOR HER, IF SHE WINS IN THE GENERAL AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, THAT'S A HISTORIC WIN, FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE STATEWIDE POST.

THANKS, SIR.

LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU.

YOU BE WELL.

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