Bloomberg Weighs 2020 Run and Selling Company: ‘I Don’t Want All The Reporters I’m Paying to Write a Bad Story About Me’

Michael Bloomberg is raising eyebrows with a recent radio interview in which he said he’d probably sell his namesake company if he ran for the presidency in 2020.

The New York City mayor tuned news executive turned potential presidential contender told Radio Iowa last Tuesday about the possible move, adding, “quite honestly, I don’t want all the reporters I’m paying to write a bad story about me.”

According to Buzzfeed News, Bloomberg’s remarks “caused paranoia,” especially among political reporters within his media operation, although CNBC noted he would likely wait on selling until the moment when (and if) he became elected.

“A lot of people are confused and don’t really know what to expect in the next two years,” a staffer told Buzzfeed. According to the outlet, it seems journalists aren’t sure how to interpret Bloomberg’s interview.

The former mayor told the radio station he’d be making a decision on a run “early next year,” suggesting that it might be the right time to let go of his company.

“But I think at my age, if selling it is possible, I would do that,” he said. “At some point, you’re going to die anyway, so you want to do it before then.”

Listen to the interview here.

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