Bloomberg for Secretary of State? Wikileaks emails show Clinton camp discussion

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NEW YORK — The man who once held the most important job in New York City may be interested in assuming one of the most important positions in the world.

However, Secretary of State Michael Bloomberg might be an illusive title, based on the political climate, Bloomberg's lack of diplomatic experience and the possibility, albeit an apparently decreasing one, that his candidate will not win.

The issue arose during a series of emails in June of last year that have been leaked through a WikiLeaks release of the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.

In the leaked emails, there's a thread of conversation in which HIllary Clinton advisor Neera Tanden asks top Bloomberg advisor and former New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, "Is there something Mike Bloomberg would want to do in his life in an Admin (a Hillary Clinton Administration)? Is like Ambassador to China way too small?"

Wolfson responds in the email, "Secty of state," adding, "Which ain't gonna happen."

Still, as the thread of emails shows, Tanden forwards the e-conversation to Podesta, who oversees the entire Clinton campaign, and who will likely play a key role in a transition to the White House, should Clinton win.

"Something to know for down the road," Tanden writes to Podesta.

The email chain was released by Wikileaks over the past weekend. Meanwhile, one experienced observer of politics and power, Baruch College political scientist Thomas Halper is skeptical.

"It certainly would be a very difficult confirmation," Halper said in an interview, "and that's something [Hillary Clinton] doesn't need."

Halper actually wrote, among various publications, the book "Power, Politics and American Democracy." He said that while Bloomberg is a distinguished public citizen, his foreign affairs bona fides are extremely limited, as are his chances to pass muster with a Congress that's likely to remain majority Republican.

"Remember, he's a partisan," Halper said about the registered Independent who also gave a primetime address at the Democratic National Convention. "He's given a lot of money to gun control people, he's identified with Democrats and his expertise in this area is limited."

Nonetheless, Bloomberg can take credit for employing more than 14,000 people in 73 different countries. He also owns 14 different homes in three different countries.

It is not clear if those would be solid enough credentials for him to gain the position of secretary of state, assuming he wants the job and that it would be available.

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