Elected officials start ‘No Labels’ group in NY

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) - Elected officials from across the country have started a new group aimed at reducing political partisanship.

The first meeting of the group, called No Labels, attracted about 1,000 attendees on Monday in New York.

They included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, also participated.

So did Florida's Charlie Crist. He was elected governor as a Republican in 2006 and recently lost his Independent bid for Senate.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, told the crowd that both parties need to rethink traditional alliances. He singled out teachers' unions, which usually support Democrats. Villaraigosa accused the unions of blocking reform.

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