"This is the third time that The NY Times has reported on Bloomberg's outreach to other potential Mayoral candidates. Bloomberg knows that none of these candidates is interested. He is merely attempting to distance himself from Quinn (his chosen successor) b/c their close relationship will be a detriment to her in the Democratic primary?"
Second such article : My Successor? Mayor Ponders Dream Choices
First such article : Bloomberg Asked Clinton to Consider Succeeding Him as Mayor