posted on Jul, 25 2003 @ 06:07 PM
Hmmmm.... does the term A$$hole come to mind???
Is Michael Bloomberg the new Citizen Kane?
William Randolph Hearst ran for Mayor of New York in 1905 - and lost - but that lesson has failed to stop another media mogul from attempting the leap
from business to politics
Sunday May 20, 2001
After her doctor told Sekiko Garrison she was pregnant, in 1995, the top sales executive with a major finance company went to inform her boss of the
good news. 'Kill it,' he reportedly said. Ms Garrison, aghast, asked him to repeat himself. 'Kill it,' he repeated.
These words, as readers of New York's press now know only too well, were alleged to be those of Michael Bloomberg - the mogul of the markets whose
name is synonymous with Wall Street and who now wants to be the next Mayor of the Big Apple, stepping into the shoes of Rudy Giuliani, arguably the
best and certainly the most controversial First Citizen the city has ever known.
Ms Garrison went on to pursue a legal complaint against Bloomberg, who had continued their little dialogue by saying: 'That's great! Number 16!' -
referring to 15 other women who had interrupted their work at his castle of high finance to take maternity leave.
Although Garrison had taped some of her conversations with Bloomberg, he three years later settled the case without an admission of guilt for an
undisclosed amount described as 'substantial', all the while denying her claims.
But Garrison's was not the only complaint against the would-be Mayor. The New York Daily News recently assembled a harvest of other complaints,
including those of women urged to wear their skirts shorter. One woman, Alison Potter, claims that Bloomberg had said of her child: 'It's a baby!
All it does is sleep and eat. All you need is some black who doesn't even have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building!'