Money from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is like dog sh*t you can’t wipe off your shoes. It follows you everywhere and stains every carpet you walk on.
It’s a wonder why Governor Hickenlooper and Colorado Democrats keep stepping in it.
From Hick taking Bloomberg’s personal calls to lobby for the extreme gun control legislation, to taking his money in the recall defense fight and most recently a million bucks for Amendment 66, Hick and Bloomberg’s bromance has never worked out well for the governor.
Former Colorado Democratic Party Chairman and now independent pollster Floyd Ciruli thinks it’s time Michael Bloomberg move on from playing politics in Colorado:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg should think about a different post-mayor career. Investing in Colorado elections is not only a losing proposition, but his name and money is counter-productive. His $350,000, the largest single contributor in the recalls, was wasted and became a talking point for recall activists.
And while Amendment 66 was ill-positioned from its inception, Bloomberg did not help and possibly reinforced, if not initiated, some late “no” votes.
Move on Michael, move on.
In his analysis piece on the 2013 Colorado elections, KDVR’s Eli Stokols also agrees that Bloomberg’s money is more hindrance than help in Colorado:
If anyone had a worse night than Colorado Democrats and Cuccinelli, it was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg…
And, for the second time in two months, Bloomberg failed to affect his desired outcome in Colorado. He gave $1.03 million to the Yes on 66 campaign, which went down in flames. In August, he gave $350,000 to the effort to defend the two Democratic state lawmakers who were ultimately recalled for their support of gun control legislation — gun control legislation that Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was the driving force behind.
In all those instances, from the legislative fight to the two failed campaigns, opponents used Bloomberg’s name and his money to bludgeon the Democrats he supported, accusing them of listening to out-of-state interests and effectively portraying themselves as underfunded underdogs.
Has Bloomberg’s influence, and Colorado Democrats’ increasing reliance on his deep pockets, been toxic? One thing’s clear: the billionaire businessman’s recent ROI, or “return on investment”, has been nil.
Ciruli may advise Bloomberg to move on, but we hope he sticks around for a while. Maybe he could throw some cash to Hickenlooper and Udall’s re-elect while he’s at it.
Please, Michael, don’t leave us.