Mayor Bloomberg’s Big Mouth Is Losing Its Filter

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City Hall press secretary Stu Loeser will leave Michael Bloomberg without his "attack dog and guardian of his image" for the remainder of term three, the New York Times reports, when he departs the job next month. Despite his self-described "professionally debilitating" last name, Loeser has held the position for more than six years, making reporters feel inadequate, clarifying the sometimes prickly quips of his boss, and steering the ship away from bad press. "I'm convinced," Bloomberg told the Times, "that Stu Loeser has kept me out of more trouble than he's gotten me out of." Loeser will try his hand at cashing in with corporate clients, while Bloomberg will hopefully go full "grumpy old man" and spend his lame-duck months channeling Chris Christie.