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GQ Names Mayor Bloomberg Its ‘Leader Of The Year’ (PHOTO)

By Huffington Post
November 19, 2010

GQ named NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg its “Leader Of the Year” in its upcoming “Men of the Year” issue.

Scorned by right-wingers for his social liberalism, reviled by some liberals for his avid support of developers, he is a one-man party of the “sensible middle” that so many voters and commentators claim to want.

In the article, the Mayor claims the so-called ‘ground zero mosque’ issue was a fabrication of angry politicians and a sleepless media cycle:

Keep in mind these guys don’t have the money to build a mosque and there’s already a mosque down there. This is an issue on the stump, in the polls, with the op-ed writers…

You’re saying this is an issue manufactured by politicians, and very much the kind of thing people hate about politics nowadays?

A hundred percent. None of this stuff is done on a rational basis. It’s all in the world of the twenty-four-hour news cycle and of the blogs, and also the economics of the news business. You know the old joke: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Well, the news business is so tough that if today it’s not bleeding, they take a knife to it.

The article comes complete with a slate-gray, almost Churchillian portrait fitting of the billionaire mayor.

Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/GQ

From The Huffington Post