Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the latest Democrat to toss his hat into the ring for governor of Colorado.

Campaigning under the name of “Mike Johnston,” Bloomberg has committed to spending $1 million to win the Democratic primary on a campaign focused entirely on gun control.

The candidate formerly known as Johnston faced a tough financial hurdle competing with the likes of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a self-funding zillionaire.

So apparently he found a sweeter gig as Bloomberg’s puppet and has leased out his name for the ballot.

This isn’t the first time Bloomberg has meddled in Colorado politics and failed miserably.

No one (especially us) will forget the 2013 recall elections of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo after they supported some very unpopular (and ineffective, as it turns out) gun laws.

Bloomberg tried to save both candidates with a $350,000 donation for doing his bidding. But voters didn’t fall for it, and kicked both out of office.

The candidate formerly known as Mike Johnston is making a greedy gamble by selling out to Bloomberg and his New York special interests, and it’s sure to spark a nasty battle amongst Democrats in their own primary.

The big question is, with Bloomberg and Polis battling it out to just buy the governor’s seat with a single donation, how can other Democrats like Cary Kennedy and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne compete?