NEW YORK: Michael Bloomberg looks certain to enter city hall - and
the second-toughest job in politics - with Ed Skyler as his right-hand
While the mayor-elect has yet to make his PR appointments public, Skyler
is a hot favorite to be communications director. Skyler worked at the
Bloomberg company previous to joining the campaign, and was a deputy
press secretary to Mayor Giuliani in '99. He is expected to work with a
team of about five.
Two senior strategists, Bill Cunningham and Kevin Sheekey, are
considering their futures. Both worked for former Sen. Patrick Moynihan
(D-NY). Cunningham currently lives in Albany, while Sheekey is based in
Also involved in the campaign was media strategist David Garth, who has
helped seven of the past nine mayoral candidates to victory. He runs the
Garth Group in New York.
Stan Collender, national director of public affairs at
Fleishman-Hillard, explained why the race was so close: "September 11
It was difficult for election politics to get press attention. It seemed
anti-patriotic." He also attributed Bloomberg's win to the last-minute
endorsement of current mayor Rudy Giuliani. Indeed, members of
Giuliani's press team are interested in remaining on the city hall
When asked why Mark Green lost, Collender said: "He did not define his
brand well." A top Green aide blamed the defeat on "money, money,
money." Bloomberg is estimated to have spent around $50 million
to Green's $10 million.
Green's press secretary Joe DePlasco is returning to Dan Klores
Associates, where he had been EVP.
Collender said Bloomberg's first PR challenge is to introduce himself to
those still unfamiliar with the media mogul.
Bloomberg's own corporate PR director Chris Taylor has spent the past
ten months dealing with unprecedented interest in the company's
That is unlikely to change given Bloomberg's continued ownership of a
news organization that will be covering city hall.