Bloomberg v. Pryor, round 2 | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bloomberg v. Pryor, round 2

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Critics of the recent Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad buy taking on Sen. Mark Pryor and other Democratic senators for votes against background checks for gun buyers clearly haven't gotten through to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the primary financier of the ads.

Today, the New York Times reports, Bloomberg sent "a personal letter to hundreds of the biggest Democratic donors in New York urging them to cut off contributions to the four Democratic senators who helped block a bill in April that would have strengthened background checks on gun purchasers."

Sen. Charles Schumer echoed the standard criticism of Bloomberg's tactics: “We should be mindful that pro-gun safety laws have a much better chance of passing under a Democratic Senate majority than a Republican one.”

Bloomberg's answer:

“If Democrats want to keep control of the Senate, what I would suggest is that they have all of their members vote for things that the public wants,” he said in the interview. “And if they don’t do that, the voters should elect different senators who will listen to them. That’s what democracy is all about.”

I suspect enough donors agree with Schumer's logic and this doesn't hurt the Pryor campaign's pocketbook. Like Lyons and others have said, Bloomberg attacks are probably political gifts for Pryor in Arkansas.

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