Bloomberg Testing Texas Waters

The presidential race could get even more interesting. Here’s the scoop from the venerable and insidery Quorum Report:

BLOOMBERG IN TEXAS SATURDAY TO MEET WITH LANCE ARMSTRONG AND FORMER SURGEON GENERAL

Can a guy willing to spend a billion dollars find a way to get on the Texas ballot as a third party candidate?

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be in Austin Saturday meeting with Lance Armstrong and former Surgeon General Richard Caroma. No word about the reason for the meeting. Afterward, he will fly to California to meet with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Obviously, both states are rich with electoral votes.

Bloomberg has previously said he is considering running for President as a third party independent candidate. Texas law requires signatures collected between the March 4 primary and May 12, a daunting task for most.

However, Bloomberg has previously indicated he is willing to put up to a billion dollars of his own money into such a race. Between television advertising and paid petition gatherers, it should be a relatively easy exercise for Bloomberg to get on to the ballot.

Armstrong’s recent foray into election politics suggests that he is a bankable commodity when it comes to capturing voter interest.

Richard Caroma was surgeon general under the current President Bush. He heads the The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Carmona is uncommitted in the presidential race.

After his Texas visit, Bloomberg is off to California to do an event with the gobernator celebrating some infrastructure event.

Retiring Senator Chuck Hegel is frequently mentioned as a vice-presidential possibility should Bloomberg choose to run.

A release says, “The mayor says he is “not a candidate” but associates told The Associated Press that he is conducting an elaborate state-by-state analysis to gauge his support.”

ã Copyright January 16, 2008 by Harvey Kronberg, www.quorumreport.com, All rights are reserved

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