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Mayor Bloomberg Curses Staten Island Chuck

By Michael P. Ventura | February 4, 2011 8:34am

By Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — Staten Island Chuck bit Mayor Michael Bloomberg two years ago — and the mayor still hasn't forgotten.

Bloomberg was caught on video calling the furry weather-predictor a "son of a b--ch" during the city's annual Groundhog Day celebration this week.

The mayor was commenting on the use of a new plunger device built into Chuck's new house to coax the groundhog so the mayor can pick him up so he can see his shadow. Two years ago, the mayor reached into Chuck's home and got chomped on the hand.

"I love the plunger," Bloomberg said on the video, posted by the Daily News. "That was so much better than having to reach in and let the son of a b--ch bite you."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Staten Island Chuck.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Staten Island Chuck.
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Bloomberg also raved about the new critter-launcher on his weekly radio sit-down with WOR's John Gambling.

"It was hysterical," Bloomberg said. "It comes flying out — literary flying. Whoopa!"

"I was more surprised than him."

But Bloomberg is still suffering from the effects of the attack, he told the New York Times.

"I think it’s also true that you really don’t have standing to talk about this unless you have been personally bitten by a groundhog," Bloomberg told the paper. "Those of us who have have an ability to understand the issue, to address it clearly, to assign responsibility and to try to ask God for forgiveness for the rodents that do these dastardly things."