In the lead-up to the November 3 elections, Michael Bloomberg pumped over $2 million into a couple of Virginia state Senate races in hopes of taking away the pro-gun GOP’s two-seat advantage and giving Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) the opportunity to start succeeding with his gun control efforts. But when the polls closed and the dust settled, the GOP had retained all their seats, and Bloomberg’s money had failed to secure gun control once again.
Ironically, it was nearly two years ago to the day that Bloomberg’s gun control dreams for Virginia suffered a staggering setback. Through Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), Bloomberg & Co. endorsed candidates, only to lose in “97 percent of Virginia delegate races.” And, as BPR reported, the worst part of election results for Bloomberg was that his losses came at the hands of the NRA.
Next came August 12, 2014, and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.’s, re-election bid. Breitbart News reported that Bloomberg dumped $150,000 into the race to see Clarke defeated, and the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal reported that other liberal groups poured in an additional $400,000 to help him lose.
But Clarke won, and Bloomberg & Co. lost again.
Then came the 2o14 mid-term elections. These were elections for which Bloomberg vowed to spend $50 million to defeat the NRA. The result? Bloomberg spent $50 million, and pro-Second Amendment candidates shellacked candidates running on a gun control platform.
He backed gun control Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who was defeated by pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO); gun control Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), who was defeated by pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC); gun control Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (D), who lost to pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. David Perdue (R-GA); and gun control Sen. Mary Landrieu (R-LA), who lost to pro-Second Amendment candidate Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
Bloomberg and his gun control group were also handed a defeat in the September 2013 Colorado recalls.
Then came November 3, 2015, and Bloomberg’s latest opportunity to redeem his fledgling gun control effort while simultaneously providing McAuliffe a way to further restrict the right to keep and bear arms. Again, Bloomberg’s efforts fell short. The Washington Post observed, “Democrats could have taken control by picking up just one seat because of the tie-breaking authority of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D). But Republicans held all of their seats.”
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