Bill de Blasio, who ran a successful campaign for New York mayor on a pretty strong anti-Bloomberg platform, wasn't really elected mayor because the city agreed with him, according to current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Instead, Bloomberg said on his weekly radio appearance with WOR’s John Gambling, the city's residents just wanted to change something. "I liken it to hemlines — you know, hemlines are fine, but next year they move ‘em up or down, because people want a change," he said.
Here was Bloomberg's assessment of the motivation of the voters who handed de Blasio a huge margin of victory earlier this month:
"This campaign was an anti–not so much anti-Bloomberg or anti-establishment — it was a change. Just want a change... And you say, ‘Well change what?’ ‘I don’t know. I want a change.’ ‘Why? ‘Just time for a change.’”
Of course, de Blasio's central campaign theme was not simply "change." It was a direct rebuke to the 12 years of Bloomberg. He campaigned around the idea of New York as "two cities" — one wealthy and thriving under Bloomberg, with everyone else languishing. His big campaign idea, to increase taxes on the city's wealthiest residents in order to fund an expansion of pre-kindergarten education across the city, reflects that.