Mayors Against Illegal Guns, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity for municipal elected Democrats who view gun control as a palliative for urban violence, is being less than charitable to a few U.S. Senators who helped defeat the Manchin-Toomey gun control bill last month.
Funny thing is, those Senators are Democrats, too. Because, when it comes to social engineering projects that subvert the Constitution, Bloomberg’s grand agenda is too myopic to let party solidarity get in the way.
It’s potentially damaging to Democrats’ control over the Senate — sufficiently damaging, in fact, to prompt Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to implore Bloomberg to back off attack-ad TV spots against vulnerable Senate Democrats in Alaska, Arkansas, Montana and North Dakota.
But Bloomberg doubled down instead. His group already is prepping hit pieces against Democratic Senators Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has also indicated it’s not done with Democratic Montana Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who, like all of the Democrats in Bloomberg’s crosshairs, sided with Republicans last month to stop the Manchin-Toomey gun bill.
Never mind the fact that waging a PR campaign, one designed to defeat Democrats who break rank with the party on gun control, can only help the targeted districts elect Republican candidates whose 2nd Amendment views distance them even further from the Bloomberg gun agenda.
The internal party fragmentation, especially because it involves such a well-funded adversary in Bloomberg, is rocking the boat. Congressional Democrats are fuming, with one anonymously telling POLITICO: “How does hurting Mark Pryor help them? I just don’t see how it gets them where they want to go.”
There’s likely to be a gun-control encore in the Senate this summer, with sponsor Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) telling the Sunday talk show crowd he’s prepping revisions to the failed gun-control bill that will, surely, have his Republican colleagues jumping on board next time around.