What do Evo Morales and Michael Bloomberg have in common?

They both ran for another term in opposition to existing term limits.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg won the right to seek re-election as New York’s City Council voted on Thursday to extend the two-term limit for elected officials as the city grapples with the global financial crisis.

Bloomberg, a former Wall Street trader and self-made billionaire who was elected in 2001 and in 2005, wants to run again on grounds that his financial experience will be valuable in guiding the city through lean fiscal times ahead.

The 51-member council voted 29-22 to approve the measure. About two-thirds of the council would have been forced out of office under the two-term limit, but they can now run for a third term in the November 2009 election.

Bloomberg welcomed the decision as the “the right choice.”


Aside from that they have nothing in common. Morales vastly improved the lives of Bolivia’s poor and indigenous. Bloomberg gentrified the poor out of New York City.

Do a search for the story in 2008 and 2009 on Bloomberg’s bullying a compliant city council into granting the suspension of the two term limit. Notice how different the coverage is from the coverage of the Bolivian Supreme Court’s decision to allow Evo Morales to run for another term.

I wonder if anybody in the press will ask Bloomberg about it during his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

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