The Slant – Running a Cunning Campaign

Donald Trump may be dominating the headlines today, but in 2002, New York City was getting used to the idea of a different multi-billionaire assuming high office. Yes, fifteen years ago, Michael Bloomberg won the mayoral election running as a Republican, thanks in part to the work of Bill Cunningham, one of the chief architects of Bloomberg’s 2001 and 2005 campaigns.

Cunningham, a prominent communications consultant who also worked for governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo and senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, joins us for this week’s podcast to share some war stories from his time working with Bloomberg. And with Mayor Bill de Blasio set to run for re-election in 2017, Cunningham tells us whether de Blasio can be beaten and if his campaign messaging will resonate as well it did in 2013.