Bloomberg Credits Brashness for His Wealth

NEW YORK

What made Mayor Michael Bloomberg one of the 10 wealthiest Americans?

His willingness to speak his mind and not care if it gets him into trouble, according to the mayor.

“Yes, you have to be nice and polite and there’s a common sense and a sensitivity. You don’t insult people and that sort of thing,” he told host John Gambling on his weekly radio show. “But you’ve got to do what you think is right. … People say, ‘Oh, you know, you’re wealthy now, you have the luxury of saying things that you want to say.’ Um, how do you think I got wealthy? I really believe that.

“I always thought that George W. Bush got elected and re-elected because people thought he was genuine — not necessarily [that] people agreed with him on a lot of things,” Bloomberg continued. “The Bushes are very honest and direct and say what they … believe. Some people make fun of it, but you know, people that are direct have my admiration.”

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