“Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has brought on more than 700 staffers spread out across 33 states, with a growing number of organizers joining his ranks in states that vote on Super Tuesday, aides told POLITICO. All told, the former New York mayor’s operation totals more than 1,000 people, a figure that includes hundreds of staffers who work out of his Manhattan headquarters. The unprecedented scale and scope of the campaign — he has also spent over $200 million on TV ads — gives Bloomberg a massive footprint in states that hold their primaries on March 3 or later …”
That’s a lot of money. He must be surging in the polls, right?
His Real Clear Polling average for January 3rd through 14th is 6.6%. Compare this to Joe Biden at 27.2%, Bernie Sanders at 19.2% and Elizabeth Warren at 16.0%.
His record as Mayor does not appear to be helping him with Democrats. I have seen his ads running in the NYC media market. Why? After 12 years in office everyone knows who he is. They obviously don’t think he the man for the job.
How long before the Governor proposes banning trees?
Mayor Bloomberg is running for the Democrat nomination for President.
I see no need to cover his stance on the issues as New Yorkers suffered through 12 years of his statist bullshit. He is old, unpleasant and obnoxious. The only thing he brings to the table is money.
Will he be able to buy enough support to secure the nomination? Consider this:
“A key group of volunteers who Michael Bloomberg is likely counting on to support his newly announced presidential run, and who represent a cause that’s central to his attempt to appeal to Democratic voters, told BuzzFeed News they are uncertain if they’ll support the billionaire in 2020 … BuzzFeed News spoke with 11 Moms Demand and Students Demand Action grassroots volunteers, several of whom lost family members to gun violence, on what they’re planning to do in the 2020 campaign, who they’re backing — and whether they’d support a Bloomberg run. None of them said they’d definitely vote for Bloomberg or that he was their top candidate …”
He spent tens of millions over the years on this phony astroturf and he clearly doesn’t have their loyalty. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Bill de Blasio is calling for a boycott of Walmart over gun control:
“Sixteen Democratic candidates in all passed through Saturday’s gun safety forum hosted by former Mayor Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety. Mayor de Blasio’s late slot meant much of the crowd had cleared out, but he did his best to grab some attention. “They have to feel our wrath,” de Blasio said to the crowd. “They” in this case includes Walmart, which has come under increased pressure to stop the sale of guns after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. De Blasio went a step further, calling for a boycott of the retailer, saying it puts profits over human lives …”
Such a bold plan of action will surely make him standout among the candidates. Where’s he in the polls:
“According to the latest Siena College poll, only 26 percent of voters in New York State had a favorable opinion of the mayor; 57 percent of New Yorkers had an unfavorable opinion. The news gotten even worse for de Blasio and his potential spot in upcoming Democratic debates for president … Both de Blasio and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand received zero percent support in the 2020 race …”
Polls aren’t always an accurate representation of public sentiment. How was de Blasio greeted in Iowa?
“Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his presidential dreams to a crowd of about 15 likely Democratic voters at an event Sunday morning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa …”
Seems the polling was accurate.
I found this amusing nugget in City & State’s article, “The rise and fall of John Flanagan“:
“… Gun control activists were swarming [John] Flanagan’s office. He was on their list of elected officials to target on their lobbying visit to the state Capitol on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Yet no one seemed to recognize the lanky Long Islander as he slipped out the front door to his office down the hall from the Senate chamber. It was just minutes until the annual Police Officers Memorial begins across the street, and Flanagan was eager to keep up appearances. “I’ve got to pay my respects,” he said …”
With the Republicans in permanent minority status in the upper chamber there is no legitimate reason for gun control advocates, or any other activist group, to waste their time with Flanagan. The GOP has no ability to advance or block legislation in the Senate. They are a total non-factor in state government in large part due to milquetoast Flanagan’s “leadership.”
Congress passed H.R.8 this past week. House Republicans managed to get a poison pill inserted into the bill requiring notification of I.C.E. if an illegal immigrant tries to buy a gun.
This upset Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
“House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge … But Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election. Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.” “She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …”
I doubted the Senate would take up the bill before and with this amendment I believe the issue is dead for the session. Democrats are more concerned with supporting illegals than with pleasing antigun activists.
Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think:
“A Gravesend man may spend the rest of his days behind bars for brutally shooting another man to death during an anti-gun-violence event in a neighborhood park, Brooklyn’s top prosecutor said. A judge on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Raheem Dunaway to 25 years to life in prison for gunning down 30-year-old Daquan Spencer on Aug. 21, 2016 in Scarangella Park amidst the tribute to gun-violence victims … Dunaway began confronting and arguing with event attendees before randomly approaching Spencer … and firing 20 bullets at him around 1:30 am, according to prosecutors, who said the anti-gun-violence event lasted until the early morning hours …”
He violated the so-called SAFE Act too.
Many, many times I have said there is no reason for Republicans to pander to gun control advocates especially in New York where the astroturf is heavily influenced by Democrat officials and party activists.
Here is the latest example of why this never goes the Republican’s way:
“A prominent anti-gun violence group took aim Monday at GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro for voting 32 times against bills to strengthen New York’s firearms laws. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America also blasted Molinaro for saying on the campaign trail this year that he wants to dismantle New York State’s tough SAFE gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. “It’s an obvious problem ,” said Laura Burns, the group’s state communications lead. “He wants to go backward to weaken gun laws instead [of] maintaining what we have in New York and making them stronger.” …”
This is after Molinaro put antigun Julie Killian on the ticket and told the NRA he didn’t want any of their help.
BTW, how is his campaign going?
And his standing in the polls?
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding onto a 22-point lead over Republican Marc Molinaro as the 2018 race for governor enters its final five weeks, according to a new poll made public Monday. Cuomo, a two-term Democrat, leads Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, 50-28 percent, according to the Siena College poll of likely voters …”
That’s what you get for not standing up for what’s right.
According to the Daily News:
“A Manhattan state senator wants to make “ghost guns” disappear. Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, is introducing a bill that would ban ghost guns and 3-D firearms in New York …”
I generally don’t like commenting on legislation until I’ve had a chance to read the bill, but in this case I don’t need to. There is absolutely no way to enforce such a law. I’m sure Hoylman will get some model legislation from Brady, Moms or someone and intro a bill based on it but without a practical way to enforce the penalties who cares what they are?
“… “Thanks to the Trump administration, anyone in America or across the world — be it a teenager, felon or terrorist — can evade a background check and manufacture a dangerous weapon with a click of a button,” Hoylman said. “This is an existential threat to gun control as we know it.” …”
This statement is very telling.
Notice he does not say this is a threat to public safety. Hoylman says it is a threat to gun control itself. That is an exaggeration, especially with current technology, but consider a possible impact on the SAFE Act. If a person can easily and cheaply produce plastic magazines in the privacy of their home the SAFE limitation is mostly voided. Better still, as a political act of defiance, magazines with Hoylman’s face printed on them could be made in bulk and dropped in public locations, kinda like Johnny Appleseed. Hoylman’s choice of words prove his real motivation is ideological and not a genuine concern for public welfare.
Metal printing is more complicated, but it is reasonable to assume that it will be better, faster and cheaper in 5-10 years than it is now. That is what is really needed for home production. Antigun hysterics will become more entertaining as the technology matures.