Bloomberg Gets on the Ballot

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On Saturday, Mayor Bloomberg won the support of the Staten Island Republican Party, putting him just one county-committee nod away from securing a spot on the party's ballot line come November. But voters will find Hizzoner's name on the ballot regardless, because, as in 2001 and 2005, he's also earned the endorsement of the Independence Party (which is not the same as small-"i" independent — though many of its own members don't realize that). So take all the time you want, Republicans; Bloomie doesn't need your hallowed approval! No, actually it would still be really helpful. [NYT]