Why I’m Not Running for Senate
Time to stop pretending to be interested in politics, writes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The man who was once known as Bloomberg, the man who ran for president in the 2016 election and who famously said “I’m the guy who makes you vote for me” is now running for the Senate in New York.
The New York Times reports that Bloomberg is planning to announce his plans for the future at a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and that the two senators are expected to meet with Bloomberg later this week.
Bloomberg, who served in the administration of former President Barack Obama, has been running for office since 2000, and he is currently in the midst of an effort to run for re-election in 2020.
As the Times reports, “The former mayor has not released his campaign financial records, but the newspaper has learned that he has amassed nearly $10 million in the last year, most of it from contributions.”
Bloomberg, a billionaire who has long made his fortune through his own investments, has long championed environmental policies and was one of the first major Democrats to support climate change legislation.
Bloomberg is currently seeking reelection in a district that has been in Democratic hands for a decade, and his endorsement could prove pivotal in determining how New York votes in the November elections.
The Times adds that the fundraiser for Gillibrands fundraiser will be held Thursday, and Bloomberg is expected to make a brief appearance at the event.
Bloomberg’s announcement is expected by both Democrats and Republicans alike, but it is the first time that he is considering running for public office.
The senator from New York is also the daughter of former New Jersey Gov.
Christine Todd Whitman, who was also elected to the Senate and served in President Barack Trump’s administration.