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Bloomberg, Lenora Fulani, Fred Newman — Rally for Victory!

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Be there or Be Square! Lenora Fulani, Fred Newman, and all
the wonderfully zany leaders of the city’s Independence Party kick off their
big push to reelect Mike Bloomberg Thursday evening at a rally in Harlem.

Bloomberg is listed as an “invited speaker” for the event at
First A.M.E.
Bethel Church

on 132nd Street at
6.P.M., according to an ad on the Independence Party (New
York City
wing) website.

There’s a recorded pitch for the big night on a voice zipper
on the site in which Fulani credits a “new alliance” of blacks and independent
voters with electing America’s “two most independent leaders” — Bloomberg and
Barack Obama, (while defeating “the Clinton machine” along the way). Here’s
Fulani:

“Four years ago, a new political coalition put itself on the
map; 47 percent of black voters and 60 percent of independents reelected Mayor
Mike Bloomberg giving him a mandate for nonpartisan government. That black and
independent alliance scored again in 2008 when it carried Barack Obama to
victory, defeating the Clinton
machine in the primaries and then the Republican machine in November. As part
of this new alliance, we have elected the country’s two most independent
leaders, Barack Obama and Mike Bloomberg. . . . New York
City
, in all its diversity, has gone independent and
we cannot turn back now.

P.S.: If that “New Alliance” phrase has a familiar ring, it’s
because that was the name of one of Newman and Fulani’s earlier political parties.
For those with strong stomachs for this sort of thing, check out an astonishingly detailed and disturbing portrait of Mayor Mike’s current pals provided by the Anti-Defamation League, “A Cult By Any Other Name.”


P.P.S.: Campaign finance filings showing how much Mayor Mike
has kicked in for this bash and other Indy organizing efforts won’t be filed
for a few weeks yet. But party bigs were hopeful of a big score when they
endorsed Bloomberg in April
.

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