(CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 HD has learned New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party and has announced he is currently unaffiliated with a political party.
The move will clearly begin advancing rumors that the mayor is gearing towards a presidential run, which he has denied in the past.
In a statement, Bloomberg said:
“I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party. Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City.”
On Tuesday, Bloomberg was in California attending a conference at the University of Southern California along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The pair appeared on this week’s cover of Time magazine.
This only makes it ‘official.’ Bloomberg left the party a long time ago. In fact, I’m not ever sure if he truly was a part of it.
Will Chuck Hagel be next, to complete a future ‘Independent’ presidential ticket?