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Michael Bloomberg hasn’t officially announced he’s running for president, but the anti-gun billionaire is keeping his options open by filing for the Alabama Democratic primary before Friday’s deadline. As his own news organization reports, there are several more filing deadlines next week, but so far, Bloomberg has not officially announced his candidacy or begun hiring campaign staff, though advisors sure sound like a formal campaign launch is a near certainty.
“We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated – but Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that,” said Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson in a statement. Wolfson said Bloomberg would run on his record of serving as mayor of the nation’s largest city, building his own company and contributing to global causes through his philanthropic activities.
“Based on his record of accomplishment, leadership and his ability to bring people together to drive change, Mike would be able to take the fight to Trump and win,” Wolfson said.
Just how seriously should gun owners and Second Amendment supporters be treating the prospect of a Bloomberg campaign? As much as I’d love to dismiss the chances of Bloomberg having a real impact on the election if he chose to get in, I think we’d be doing ourselves a disservice by underestimating Bloomberg’s ability to compete in the primary, for several reasons.