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Michael Cohen ‘Caught The Bug,’ Dreamed Of Running For Mayor Of New York

Michael Cohen once expressed interest in running for the mayor of New York.

On election night 2016, about the time it was becoming clear that Donald Trump would win the presidency, Cohen told several people in Trump Tower that he, too, was thinking about going into politics, Axios reported.

“This is the beginning of a dynasty,” Cohen told the group, according to a source who heard him.

Surprised by the remark, one of the people asked Trump’s longtime personal attorney that if by “dynasty” he meant Ivanka or Don Junior was going to get the political bug next.

Cohen replied: “I’ve already got the bug… Nobody’s going to be able to f—- with us. I think I’m going to run for mayor.”

Later that night, around 3:30 a.m., the Trump team was leaving its victory party at the Hilton Hotel, according to Axios. In the hotel, escalators took the crowd from the party down to the lobby. A member of Trump’s entourage saw Cohen near the bottom of the escalator and yelled out, “Cohen for mayor!”

Cohen appeared to have no idea who said it, but looked over his shoulder and pumped his fist in the air.

A second source confirmed that in the months after the election, Cohen asked for advice about setting up a campaign to run for New York City mayor. But he never ended up challenging Bill de Blasio.

Asked recently about this, he said, “Despite many friends suggesting that I run for mayor… I obviously chose not to. Additionally, I believe that Mayor de Blasio is doing a fine job for our city.”

Contact Alyssa Fisher at fisher@forward.com or on Twitter, @alyssalfisher

This story "Michael Cohen Dreams Of Running For Mayor of New York" was written by Alyssa Fisher.

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