04/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bloomberg Turns Over Next Campaign To Blagojevich's Ex-Deputy

When Mike Bloomberg named Bradley Tusk to run his $80 million re-election campaign in December, the mayor took pains to explain that his new 35-year-old hire was not tainted by his most prominent prior employer--Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who had been arrested just three days earlier.

Tusk "never had anything to do with parts of that administration," Bloomberg told the Times. He knew this, he explained, because Tusk, Blagojevich's first-term Deputy Governor, had told him so, bringing it up himself "to make sure we were aware of the issues" before he was given the all-powerful campaign manager post.

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