Bloomberg urged Hillary to run for NYC mayor

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In a telephone call confirmed by three people, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg encouraged Hillary Clinton “to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale,” the New York Times reports.

“Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery. But Mr. Bloomberg’s overture to the former first lady highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates, his eagerness to recruit a replacement who can rival his stature and his determination to become a kingmaker in the political arena he will soon exit…”

“During their conversation, Mrs. Clinton left little room for doubt: she was not interested in seeking the mayoralty.”

Meanwhile, as rumors mount that Clinton may run for president in 2016, the former First Lady took steps to solidify her relationships with some Democrats by sending hand-signed notes to candidates who got bested in close congressional races, Politicker reports.

Multiple sources who have worked with Clinton during her lengthy political career told us they were unaware of her sending similar letters in the past.

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