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Monday, October 31, 2011

Bloomberg Inserts Self Into Virginia Elections

It became known Saturday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated a total of $150,000 to six Virginia State Senate Candidates - five in northern Virginia and one in tidewater.
Bloomberg (I) has donated $25,000 of his own money to six Senate Democratic candidates, who are involved in some of the closest races in the state: Sen. Toddy Puller (Fairfax), Sen. Dave Marsden (Fairfax), Sen. George Barker (Prince William), Sen. Mark Herring (Loudoun), Sen. John Miller (Newport News) and Barbara Favola, who is running for an open seat in Arlington.
Bloomberg also plans to appear with some of the candidates in northern Virginia later this week but details had not been released when the piece was posted in the Washington Post Virginia Elections blog.

This isn't Bloomberg's first foray into Virginia to promote his gun ban agenda.  A group backed by Bloomberg ran ads in 2009 against Bob McDonnell during the campaign for governor, pointing out that McDonnell opposed closing down gun shows as we know them.  McDonnell went on that year to defeat Creigh Deeds in that campaign.  Bloomberg may have thought he could give a little payback for legislation that was introduced by McDonnell when he was Attorney General.  That legislation resulted in Bloomberg being ordered to stop sending private investigators with hidden cameras into Virginia gun stores in an attempt to entrap firearm dealers into making sales to what amounted to straw purchasers.  After the law became effective, McDonnell threatened to charge Bloomberg and his agents with a felony if they continued to target Virginia gun dealers.

Maybe Bloomberg should be more concerned with what people he has control over are doing rather than inserting himself in to Virginia elections.

1 comment:

Truth and Freedom said...

This is very curious news since Senator Herring and then-Delegate Marsden voted FOR House Bill 2653 in 2007 making Bloomberg sting operations a felony in Virginia.

It is also strange since Senators Barker, Herring and John Miller (31 Senators in all) voted FOR House Bill 1851 in 2009 creating a loophole in the state gun-a-month law.