Former Republican NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has dropped his party affiliation and is now an independent. In a statement released by his office, Bloomberg said, “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.”
The rest of the statement focuses on overcoming partisanship, rhetoric fitting for an independent run. This latest development only furthers speculation that Bloomberg will throw his hat in the ring, buoyed by his billions and success in New York.
However, much of a Bloomberg candidacy would rely on dissatisfaction with the two party nominees, leaving a final decision months away. Becoming a registered independent is just a step to a run when (and if) the time comes.