The former mayor of New York is filing to run for president….in Alabama.
BLOOMBERG is filing to run for presidenthttps://t.co/ii6si47Cuo
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) November 7, 2019
Why Alabama? The reason is simple. This Friday is Alabama’s deadline file, so anyone who is seriously considering a run for president has to file by this Friday for the primary.
But that doesn’t mean that Bloomberg is actually running for president, only that he is strongly considering it and doesn’t want to miss out on the primary in Alabama should he run, as the New York times points out:
Michael R. Bloomberg is actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary and is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, people briefed on Mr. Bloomberg’s plans said.
Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, has been privately weighing a bid for the White House for weeks and has not yet made a final decision on whether to run, an adviser said. But in the first sign that he is seriously moving toward a campaign, Mr. Bloomberg has dispatched staffers to Alabama to gather signatures to qualify for the primary there. Though Alabama does not hold an early primary, it has a Friday deadline for candidates to formally enter the race.
Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race. With his immense personal wealth, centrist views and close ties to the political establishment, he would present a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been struggling to raise money and assemble a ideologically moderate coalition.
But what it does signal is that Bloomberg doesn’t have confidence in this far left field-of-socialist-dreams candidates for 2020. And apparently he’s not alone.
By the way, Jeff Sessions is also against the same deadline, which is why he must announce this week.
I guess the fact that Hillary isn’t doing the same thing means that she isn’t considering a run. 👏👏👏