History Repeating For Michael Bloomberg’s Gun Control Efforts
With their major failure last night to take control of the state senate, Virginia Democrats’ are blaming anti-gun crusader Michael Bloomberg for their disappointing losses. The Washington Post asked “did gun control cost McAuliffe and Democrats the Virginia election?”
“The gun thing, I would have done it differently,” Sen. Chap Petersen (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 issue] was one variable that was thrown in at the last minute.”
Other observers were blunter in ascribing blame. A Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial said Gecker “made a massive mistake” by accepting the ads from Bloomberg. “A campaign focused on guns redounded to Gecker’s despair,” it said.
This isn’t the first time Bloomberg’s meddling in Virginia’s elections has ruffled feathers. Back in 2013, NBC’s Chuck Todd pointed out that Democrats said Bloomberg’s gun ads were not helpful and Bloomberg’s involvement “was used as a message point against” McAuliffe. Bloomberg’s efforts didn’t work then either, “of the 67 NRA-endorsed candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, 65 won their election.”