U.S. Presidential Candidate Bloomberg Endorsed by Three Black Lawmakers

U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday won endorsements from three Congressional Black Caucus members, a positive sign for his campaign, which has drawn scrutiny lately over his past support for a controversial policing tactic.

The three included Democratic U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks of New York City, where Bloomberg was mayor for 12 years. As a senior caucus member and chair of a caucus fundraising arm, his is one of the highest-profile endorsements yet for Bloomberg, who is seeking his party’s nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November’s election.

Meek’s endorsement, first reported by Reuters, signals that Bloomberg is building support among some top African-American politicians despite a 2015 audio recording that surfaced on Tuesday. In the recording, Bloomberg made a blunt defense of a policing strategy during his mayoralty, known as stop-and-frisk, that disproportionately ensnared blacks and Latinos.

Meeks said he backed Bloomberg for his economic policies and ability to beat Trump.

“The most vulnerable communities in America cannot weather another four years of a Donald Trump presidency,” Meeks said in a statement.

Bloomberg has been rising in public opinion polls despite not competing in the first four state contests for the Democratic nomination: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Instead, the billionaire former mayor is spending hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money to blanket the national airwaves with advertising.

As a moderate Democrat, Bloomberg hopes to win votes beginning on March 3, known as Super Tuesday, when his name will be on the ballot in 14 state nominating contests.

Those hopes have been buoyed this month as the early moderate front-runner, Joe Biden, has performed weakly in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Also endorsing Bloomberg on Wednesday were U.S. Representative Lucy McBath of Georgia, who said she was backing Bloomberg in part because of his proposals to curb gun violence.

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, a Congressional Black Caucus member who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands as a nonvoting member of Congress, also endorsed Bloomberg.

Bloomberg has long struggled with the legacy of the stop-and-frisk tactic employed while he was mayor of the United States’ biggest city 2002 to 2013, in which police stopped and searched pedestrians.

He apologized for the policy in November just before announcing his candidacy and has since taken great pains to court the black vote, including a proposal unveiled last month to narrow the wealth gap between black and white Americans.

(Reporting by Jason Lange; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Responses

  1. I have someone who identifies as a bi-spirit, albino, non-binary who endorses me. I have the endorsement of those who identify as spotted owls and the votes of the North American pinniped party.

    Do I get a political orifice?

  2. Good thing Reuters emphasized “black” lawmakers. That makes them EXTRA special. Is this “black privilege”.

    Next…Reuters will announce politicians with va-jay-jays who endorse Bloomers, ’cause va-jay-jays make them EXTRA special and qualified.

    Sarcasm or pointing out the idiocy of identity politics?

  3. Bloomberg endorsed redlining back in 2008. In other words he shifted blame for the crash AWAY from his rich buddies on Wall Street.

    Every candidate should nail him for his racist opinions and comments.

  4. I heard China’s President Xi has whole heartedly endorsed Mini-Mike!

    A Mini Mike presidency would give Xi an opportunity to have a US President to look down on! Really!

    (And Mini Mike would gladly, “SIT!”, when Xi commands. Bloomberg’s fortunes depend on it!)

  5. “U.S. Presidential Candidate Bloomberg Endorsed by Three Black Lawmakers” …..So, does that mean he’s not a racist?!
    Though, I despise the word ‘racist’….it is intended to divide, and the liberal extremists capitalize on it every time they can. Obama did far more harm than good on this issue. When he was in a position to bring people together, he added to the division.

    1. Tess, Glad to see there are a few who recognized #44’s racist motives. He did an EXCELLENT job of dividing the Nation and it’ll be some time before his kind of Marxism and hatred of Americans wears off. Next: is Communist Bernie whose political agenda is the worst any American should have to endure. He needs to go.

    2. Tess,

      We are ALL racists, deplorables, or bitter clingers according to a certain party. Hmm. I recall certain Dims here making an issue of “name calling” except when they do it.

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