11/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bloomberg's Pursuit Of Third Term Alienating Longtime Supporters

In his aggressive pursuit of a third term, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has begun to alienate some of his fiercest supporters, who say that his hardball tactics are undercutting his well-earned legacy as a reformer and an anti-politician.

In dozens of interviews, former aides to the mayor, elected officials, good-government advocates and voters said they have become deeply disillusioned by the way Mr. Bloomberg is corralling support to rewrite the city's term limits law, which New Yorkers have endorsed twice in citywide referendums.

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