History paints bad picture of third terms (Metro NY)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg got his way last week when the city council voted to overturn term limits and allow him to run for a third term. He should be careful what he wishes for.

When Fiorello LaGuardia was elected to a third term in 1941, he was still widely considered New York’s greatest mayor ever. When Robert Wagner followed suit 20 years later, he won in a landslide. Ed Koch won a third term with 78 percent of the vote, at a time when he was being touted as a potential presidential candidate.

Four years later, each of them was gone in disgrace… [read more]