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Mike: Missing in Action

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ATUSHI MIYAMOTO

Age 27

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Student

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? He’s a successful man who has a lot of power within the city, and he should take being mayor more seriously. So far, Bloomberg’s only plan is to raise the price of cigarettes.

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? No, but he should donate some of it to New York.

Ever fibbed about where you were? When you’re in a relationship, you can’t be like the mayor and say, “Where I am is none of your business.” I had a girlfriend who once called my cell phone three times. I was just hanging out with some of my friends. When I got home she was screaming. I told her my phone was off or that I’d left it at work. It wasn’t even a lie, really. Now she’s my ex-girlfriend.





BLANCHE WILLIAMS

Age 53

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Customer service

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? No, and the fact that he doesn’t say doesn’t bother me at all. We’re used to a certain status quo, where the mayor appears at every function or fire.

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? Heck, no. I wish he’d share the wealth, or at least tell us how he earned it so that we can earn it too.

Ever fibbed about where you were? As a child, sure I did. As an adult, I don’t need to. Once I went to a house party instead of going to school. I was bored to death. I couldn’t wait until it was three so I could go home.





FRED PEARSON

Age 29

Resides Queens

Occupation Clerk

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? No, not at all. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know it’s not my business where he is.

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? I understood long ago that there were always going to be rich people and people who were not so rich.

Ever fibbed about where you were? When I was much younger, I might have told some lies to some girls. Then I realized that if they wanted to find out, they were going to. That’s when I decided not to have a beeper.





TRISHA LAWLER

Age 27

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Graduate student

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? In one sense, being present at things is part of his role as mayor, but personally I don’t care if he is.

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? I don’t know that his money matters. Both Bloomberg and Corzine spent enormous amounts of money on their campaigns and are social liberals.

Ever fibbed about where you were? I don’t live at home and I don’t have a boyfriend right now, so I don’t have to fib.





SELWIN ONDEAN

Age 35

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Proprietor

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? He’s not on company time and he’s using his own jet, so no.

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? No, I don’t think so. It would be different if he inherited his money. If you’re born into it, like the Kennedys, that’s another matter.

Ever fibbed about where you were? I never lied to my mother. I might have lied to girlfriends, but I’m married now. I sometimes have trouble telling my wife I’m going out with my friends to drink a few beers. She doesn’t like that.





KELLY MCKAIG

Age 32

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Assistant director

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? It’s the same attitude he displayed during the primary when he was asked why he hadn’t made his tax returns public. When reporters reminded him that his opponents had, he said, “That’s because they don’t make any money.”

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? No, not yet. Who says you can’t have a billion-dollar mayor?

Ever fibbed about where you were? Have I ever lied to a lover? Yes, early in the relationship when you’re trying to establish boundaries and make sure you have enough room.





TROY SIMMONS

Age 33

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Computer analyst

Should the mayor have to reveal where he is at all times? What he does on the weekends is his business. Giuliani was everywhere. Bloomberg’s new to the job, and may make mistakes like holding a groundhog instead of going to a fireman’s funeral.

Does the fact that he’s so rich bother you? No, because financially, he knows how to handle a budget.

Ever fibbed about where you were? There are places I go and certain things I do that I like to keep to myself.

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