Rapper Q-Tip explains anti-Bloomberg Twitter crusade

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Rapper Q-tip called Mayor Michael Bloomberg "way out of touch" with common New Yorkers as he gave reasons Wednesday behind his recent Twitter attacks on the mayor's re-election effort.

"His viewpoint of New York City is from his East Side town house . . . his occasional jaunt to a neighborhood is when he has to go for political substance or [to] quell anger in a neighborhood," Q-tip told Newsday.

Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the Bloomberg campaign, declined to respond to Q-tip's Twitter account activity or comments.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released in June, 42 percent of registered voters felt Bloomberg was out of touch with average New Yorkers, while 50 percent disagreed with the notion.

Michael Bloomberg, left, and Jim Rice, former Boston Red Sox player and a recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, laugh together before the Staten Island, N.Y., Mercer Island, Wash., baseball game during pool play of the Little League World Series Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Q-Tip, who has never been a registered voter in New York, began his "Anti-Bloomberg operation" last week. The Queens native and former member of hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest said the Twitter bashing was sparked by what he called Bloomberg's poor handling of the homeless and his decision to change the term-limits law to seek a third term.

In November, Bloomberg signed a bill changing term limits. He cited his fiscal experience needed to guide the city through troubling economic times.

"That's pretty egotistic in a way," said Q-tip, who was born Jonathan Davis.

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Bloomberg has often teamed with popular rap artists to help promote his administrative agenda. Last year, he teamed up with platinum-selling rapper Jay-Z, who helped the mayor promote a city program that temporarily closed streets to motorists. Rap industry entrepreneur Russell Simmons and Bloomberg promoted the same program in June.

Q-Tip, who has never met Bloomberg, said he doesn't dislike the mayor.

He commended him for cleaning up city parks and subways.

Q-Tip, who works in New York City and pays city taxes, said he and Bloomberg travel in similar circles and he hopes the two could one day sit down and talk.

"It's not like I hate him," he said. "I disagree with the way he is dealing with the city that I love, that millions of people love."

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