November 5, 2015

Bloomberg Ads – Next Time Dems May Say “Thanks But No Thanks”

When Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund decided to get involved in the Virginia State Senate race between Glen Sturtevant and Dan Gecker to the tune of $700,000 it backfired in a big way. The Democrats lost the pivotal race for control of the Virginia State Senate, and a lot of the blame is being attributed to Bloomberg.

The Richmond Times Editorial Board wrote that, “A campaign focused on guns redounded to Gecker’s despair… The Democrat made a massive mistake when he accepted campaign swag from an interest group affiliated with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who seeks tougher gun control laws.”

Sen. J. Chapman “Chap” Peterson (D-Fairfax) said, “it’s speculation at this point, but I feel the Gecker seat was one we thought we were going to win… The gun thing — I would have done it differently.”

The Washington Post wrote, “their aggressive advocacy of gun control in a pivotal Senate race in the Richmond area may have backfired by producing a pro-Republican backlash.”

Sean Houlihan, a consultant close to Everytown, immediately tried to put a positive spin on the Bloomberg ads’ abysmal results saying, “who can say $700,000 in a Republican district didn’t make the race a lot closer than it would have been?”

Well, the people of the 10th District can say it didn’t . Here is a list of people who have won in the district recently: Barack Obama, Terry McAuliffe, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring. Notice a theme about this list? (Hint: they’re all Democrats) This district has not elected a Republican in a major election since 2009.

Bloomberg overplayed his hand and Virginians noticed. Next time Bloomberg offers to help Virginia Democrats, they may say, “thanks but no thanks.”