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Bloomberg to Hillary: run for NY mayor

Dec. 4: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

But not long ago, he was struck by an inspiration: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the retiring secretary of state. In a phone call confirmed by three persons, Bloomberg encouraged Hillary Clinton to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale. She would, he suggested, be a perfect fit.

Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery. But Bloomberg’s overture to the former First Lady highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates, his eagerness to recruit a replacement who can rival his stature.

In Clinton, it seems, a mayor known for his sometimes unsparing critiques of those in public life sees a globe-trotting problem solver like himself. During their conversation, Clinton left little room for doubt: she was not interested in seeking the mayoralty, people briefed on the call said.

Spokesmen for both Bloomberg and Clinton declined to comment, saying that, as a rule, they do not discuss private conversations.

 
 
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