09/19/2010 02:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Bloomberg Calls Tea Party A Fad, Supports Moderates In 2010 Elections

In an election year when anger and mistrust have upended races across the country, toppling moderates and elevating white-hot partisans, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is trying to pull politics back to the middle, injecting himself into marquee contests and helping candidates fend off the Tea Party.

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