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Fields would be weakest against Bloomberg

"The Democratic political establishment does not view Ms. Fields, the only African-American candidate in the primary, as the strongest to take on Mr. Bloomberg. Little known beyond her constituency, and with a limited record since she's in a job without much power, she might be the weakest in the field.

"If she gets the Democratic nomination, it is fair to surmise that Mr. Bloomberg and his fans will be quietly delighted ... It's hard to see how facing a Fields challenge could weaken his chances."

The article speculates that Fields is only a stalking-horse and some are hoping for William Thompson to run for Gracie Mansion in four years. Would such Democratic leaders risk spoiling the chance of their party taking back the Mayoralty after twelve years of Republican control?

Foraging for the Truth in City Politics
New York Times

April 11, 2005