matters of life and death
December 12, 2019

Michael Bloomberg's top adviser has his life — and death — planned to a T.

Patti Harris was the deputy to Bloomberg when he was mayor of New York City. She's now chairing his Democratic run for the presidency. And she's the only person who knows where he'll be buried, because "she made all the arrangements," Politico reports.

Bloomberg's burial plot and even make of his coffin were all decided by Harris, and it's the most telling example of how Harris has every aspect of Bloomberg's life under her purview, Politico describes in a profile of their relationship published Thursday. Harris started working for Bloomberg's news business in 1994, and since then, Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey says she's been "the quiet force in everything that Mike has done."

A few years after Harris started working for Bloomberg's business, she shifted to his first mayoral campaign, eventually becoming his deputy mayor when he won the election in 2001. She was known as Bloomberg's cultural foil who "polished him off," one former staffer told Politico, introducing him to the artistic elite of the city and bringing in public art installations. Bloomberg biographer Eleanor Randolph also wrote that "when [Harris] was not around, the mischievous old Mike could slip back into his old ways," telling "dirty jokes" and making sexual suggestions toward women. Harris would immediately curb that just by showing up, Randolph wrote in her new book, The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg, and Harris ended up being his top defender when women accused him of inappropriate behavior ahead of his 2020 run.

Harris declined an interview with Politico, like she does with most media requests. Read more at Politico. Kathryn Krawczyk

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